October 13, 2009


KOLKATA: A Trinamuli central minister accompanied by a Trinamuli MP visited the Arambagh-Pursura-Khanakul area of Hooghly where recently an AIKS worker Sheikh Hasib-ul had been brutally killed by Trinamuli goons and their lumpen associates. Arambagh witnessed a massive strike on 11 October in protest against the dastardly murder and the looting of the houses of the area plus arson that had followed under the aegis of the Trinamulis.

The entire train of event – carefully planed by the assassins and their Kolkata-based patrons no doubt – recalled to our mind the 1990s when the then Pradesh Congress had run riot in the same agrarian belt and had let loose a reign of terror for many months. There should be no doubt in anybody’s intelligence that a grisly re-run of the earlier events is about to be engaged in by the Trinamulis and their lackeys.

On 12 October, a central Trinamuli minister with a Trinamuli MP as his sidekick descended on the area with a convoy of 20 SUVs loaded with anti-socials and lumpens. The vehicles carrying the minister and the MP had flashing red beacons on top, and the minister’s vehicle also had the National Flag fluttering from the top of the bonnet. The convoy was accompanied by several police cars, which too had flashing red lights.

All this, as Biman Basu, secretary Bengal CPI (M) pointed out in a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, with copy marked to the chief electoral officer of Bengal, blatantly and openly flouted electoral norms as well as the concerned Model Code as the area falls under 180-Serampore Assembly constitutionally where elections are due on 7 November.

Holding a series of public rallies later in the afternoon, the two Trinamuli leaders had the temerity to call upon the goons who make up their political outfit, in Hooghly and elsewhere in Bengal, to behead the following CPI (M) leaders of the Hooghly district, mentioning each name with vituperative and vitriolic adjectives. The CPI (M) leaders so named are:

1. Benoy Dutta, MLA, Arambagh
2. Gopal Koch, chairman, Arambagh Municipality
3. Mozammal Hossein, zonal secretary, CPI (M), Arambagh
4. Bansi Badan Moitra, MLA, Khanakul
5. Azizul Huq, CPI (M) district committee member, Hooghly
6. Jaideb Maity, Khanakul CPI (M) zonal committee member
7. Asit Patra, chairman, Hooghly Zillah Parishad
8. Kshitish Patra, chairman, district primary education council
9. Bhajahari Bhuinya, secretary, CPI (M) zonal committee, Khanakul
10. Soumendra Nath Bera, MLA, Pursura, and
11. Sukhendu Adhikari, secretary CPI (M) zonal committee, Pursura

In addition, the two Trinamuli leaders publicly declared that women members of the families of CPI (M) leaders and followers in the areas would be subjected to gang-rape, and that their houses would be burnt down. Biman has pointed out these threats as well to the ECI calling for immediate remedial action as fit. A response from the ECI is awaited as we file this report.

We note in this connection how Trinamuli members and supporters lined up the route of the two Trinamuli leaders, and attended the meetings the duo addressed, complete with lethal weapons including pistols, revolvers, guns, rifles, and explosive devices in order to create panic and fear among the people of the Assembly constituency areas and the surrounds.


KOLKATA,13th OCTOBER: Meeting on the morning of 13 October at the Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan, Biman Basu presided, the Bengal Left Front finalised the list of LF candidates for the by-elections scheduled for 7 November in Bengal.

Nine of the 10 seats fell vacant when the incumbent members won Lok Sabha seats. One constituency fell vacant following the passing away of the late comrade Subhas Chakraborty, i.e., Belgachia east in Kolkata.

Name of Constituency Candidate Party
11-Kalchini (ST) Benoy Bhusan Karketta RSP
21-Rajgunj (SC) Dhanapati Roy CPI(M)
29-Goalpokhar Ali Imran Ramj FB
48-Sujapore Mohd Esar-ud-din Mondal CPI (M)
85-Bongaon Pankaj Ghosh CPI (M)
139-Belgachia east Ramala Bhattacharya Chakraborty CPI (M)
148-Alipur Kaustav Chatterjee CPI (M)
180-Serampore Prasanta Mukherjee CPI
211-Contai (SC) Satyendra Nath panda CPI
213-Egra Prabodh Chandra Sinha DSP

Biman Basu revealed that a small booklet would soon be published and circulated widely as the ‘Appeal’ of the LF to the voters of the concerned Assembly seats. The district LF units would finalise the joint campaign very soon following meetings of the respective units.

Biman also announced several programmes to be held in the forthcoming weeks and months.

These are:

· TU convention, 20 October, Mahajati Sadan, Kolkata
· TU protest day 28 October all over Bengal
· Howrah LF procession and rally 28 and 30 October, Kolkata and Howrah
· Mass convention highlighting the state’s demands from the centre, especially the issue of price rise, anarchy, and law-and-order, 31 October, Indoor Stadium, Kolkata, and
· LF mass rally, 16 November, Indoor stadium, Kolkata


B PRASANT From KOLKATA : Police investigations reveal that the CPI (Maoist) has plans afoot to attempt and assassinate Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in Kolkata. There is another plan in the pipeline to mount an assault on the Writers’ Buildings with hundreds of trained armed cadres. The interrogation of a couple of top level left sectarian leaders has led the police to these conclusions. Suicide attacks, too, are not ruled out.

Speaking to People’s Democracy, Biman Basu, state secretary of Bengal CPI (M) said that the ‘Trinamulis and all their associates, cohorts, lackeys and underlings, here and abroad, including the self-styled ‘Maoists’ are planning all the while to assassinate our Party leaders and workers. ‘This,’ said Biman ‘is a condemnable and comprehensively counter-democratic exercise.’

Biman continued to say that ‘they have done so in the past and the present disclosure clearly depicts that these reactionary forces and their patrons in the ruling classes and the big media, have not learnt any lesson, are continuing apace to engage in nefarious acts of commission. There is need to isolate them and identify them as the enemy of the people.’

The ‘Maoists’ confessed that this time the fresh ‘place of occurrence’ (‘PO’ in military parlance) has been chosen to be Kolkata city and its surrounds for the performance of the nefarious acts that these goons have carried out with impunity in Midnapore west in particular, in the past, especially the recent past.

The assassins organised and held a series of meetings very recently, probably last week, in a house (location unrevealed) in downtown Kolkata. At least one of the meetings saw the national-level leaders of the criminals present including the shadowy figure of ‘Kishanji.’ The ‘Maoists’ came to and went away from the rendezvous in luxury vehicles of a wealthy and well-known person who resides in the city and is known a great anti-CPI (M) frame of mind.

Incidentally, earlier reports from the police sources have already revealed that a couple of dozen-odd persons of the metropolis have kept close touch with the killers and have provided them not merely with news and views but leadership material as well.

Added to these ‘Maoist’-loving individuals are at least four political parties who act as the goons’ patrons and co-conspirators against the CPI (M) and the Left Front government, especially chief minister Buddhadeb. Names and addresses of the individual patrons of the murderers are now made known to the police who prefer not to go public at the moment.

On Saturday 10 October, the Trinamuli supremo gave a long interview to her favourite channel Star Ananda, a Patrika group affiliate. There she invited ‘Kishanji’ for a ‘bi-lateral talk,’ and even went so far as to say that the killers ‘have executed a series of good work,’ without bothering to expand on her cryptic comments.

The chieftain once again spoke of her opposition to the ops of the joint forces at and around Lalgarh. The chief also pointed out that the killing of the goon Nishikanta Mondal in Midnapore east was ‘probably not the work of ‘Maoists’.’ We in this connection remember that the ‘Maoists’ have already expressed their eagerness to ‘see the Trinamuli leader as the Bengal chief minister.’

The entire plan to assassinate Buddhadeb fulminated over the past four months, we learn. The action was to be led by Sasadhar Mahato, the ever-loving brother-at-arms of the Trinamuli goon Chhatradhar Mahato, and by Sasadhar’s wife ‘Suchitra’ who is a hard-core member of the armed squad leadership of the ‘Maoists,’ having received arms training in neighbouring Jharkhand in the Giridih forests.

A question that is obvious for the asking is the modus operandi of so many criminals moving freely in the city, evading, even eluding, the extensive police network, particularly of the plainclothesmen belonging to the special branch (SB), and the criminal investigation branch (CID), plus the central agencies like the intelligence branch or IB.

The police response borders on naïveté but is plausible enough to be mentioned. It is noted that the criminals moved around under cover of the protective kind a large number of anti-Communist ‘intellectuals’ and performing artistes whose photos, it needs mention, deep in consultation with Chhatradhar Mahato in the forest clearings of Midnapore west, have already appeared in the media.

The police have of late taken into custody two individuals from Jadavpur who led and organised two pro-‘Maoist’ outfits. The fora are the ‘Lalgarh Solidarity Manch,’ and the ‘Mass Resistance Manch.’ At least one of the two criminals interrogated has named the top floor of a multi-storied building at Prafulla Sarkar Street near to the place where the vast offices of the Patrika group is located, as a ‘safe house’ for the killers and their adjutants..

Another place of rendezvous has been a building on Lenin Sarani near where the office of a ‘political outfit’ of sorts is located, and the outfit is known for its strong and violent antipathy towards the CPI (M) as well as for their oozing sympathy for the Trinamulis and the ‘Maoists.’ Always in attendance at the meetings among others were the brothers Sasadhar and Chhatradhar. The latter is presently in jail custody after having spent a week or so in police custody.(INN)


KOLKATA: Interrogation by the Bengal police reveals that Chhatradhar has been running a wide network of ‘Maoist’-led extortion ring in the entire jangal mahal of Midnapore west and even in adjoining districts.

The funds amounted to a whopping Rs 15 lakh per month. Money was extracted from the poorest of the poor to the smallholders, khet mazdoors, kisans, and agricultural labourers. The act of extortion was executed with maximum brutality by the so-called village defence squads of the ‘Maoists’ from across the border.

The police sources reveal that there has been continuous bickering and fall-out among the members of the PCAPA, the ‘civil society,’ and the ‘Maoists,’ with the Trinamulis goons interloping, on the basis on which the funds would be utilised (!).

In between, we learn from our trip to Jharkhand that the ‘Maoists’ have started training up a children’s army in the style of the other notorious ‘Maoist’ group of the people’s liberation army run by the brutish thug, ‘colonel’ Charles Taylor of Liberia, in sub-Saharan Africa. Indeed, the modus operandi is remarkably the same. The name and style of the ‘Maoist’ child army in Jharkhand is the ‘child liberation army.’

The children are plied with money and consumables, and then told of the ‘spirit of adventure’ that is associated with wielding automatic rifles, sten guns, pistols, and sharp, cutting weapons. Similar to the African phenomenon, the Indian ‘Maoists’ run training camps’ with residential facilities and recruitment is made from the families of the poorest of the poor of Jharkhand.

We learn that two such ‘camps’ have been located in the jangal mahal of Dhanbad and Giridih. The children thus trained are thought by the police to have been involved in the murder of several Bengal CPI (M) workers in recent times. Further enquiries are going on.


KOLKATA: The Darjeeling district unit of the Left Front shall in the days to come play the role of constructive opposition in the Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC). This was stated by Bengal LF chairman and Bengal CPI (M) secretary Biman Basu on 1 October.

Biman Basu stated that it had been observed that the ‘recent elections to the SMC had witnessed the LF winning 17 seats, the Pradesh Congress 15, the Trinamul Congress 14, and an independent a single seat.’

‘In the post-electoral situation,’ said Biman Basu, ‘the Darjeeling LF met and resolved that the LF would play the role of constructive opposition in the present SMC. Thus, the district LF decided not to put up any candidates for the post of the mayor and for other posts.’

‘On the other hand, over the past fortnight, after many a push and pull, the Pradesh Congress and the Trinamul Congress were not able to reach a consensus on a mayoral candidate representing their ‘alliance.’’

‘Subsequently, on the morning of 1 October, an appeal was issued by the Pradesh Congress to the elected councillors of the SMC to support their mayoral candidate. The district LF met and resolved that to end the evolving situation of political instability and uncertainty, the mayoral candidate of the Pradesh Congress would be provided with outside support.’

‘There is no issue involving sharing the new civic board with the Pradesh Congress, at all. The district LF expects that it would be active in the days to come to keep intact the flow of development of the Siliguri civic area.’


KOLKATA(INN): This is our preliminary view especially after a four-day-long motoring trip around the so-called ‘Maoist-infested’ areas of Jharkhand of Ranchi-Morabadi Hills-Jagannathpur-Netarhat. Whatever we had written earlier, we left Jharkhand with no doubt in our mind that it was from here, in Jharkhand that the entire loathsome activities of the left sectarians were conducted.

On the situation in Jharkhand itself, we shall limit our bare observations, as a reporter of a Communist persuasion, to two points: the ‘Maoists’ have penetrated deep into the caste-and-sub-caste hierarchy of the societal structure there. Second, inefficacy of the often counter-productive and anti-people police action, especially lacking a focus of the proper counter-insurgency kind, has allowed the criminals, who enjoy overt support of the land barons of the higher castes, and have a sub-strata of shore up from among such caste groups as the lohars, the kurmis, and the musaharas, in particular – thanks to the oppressive nature of the authoritarian rule of the present régime in the state – and this is a state sans development of any visible sort, to use the hill regions as well as the plain lands of Jharkhand to launch murderous attacks on the Communist-led Left Front of neighbouring Bengal across a very porous border.

‘Maoist’ empathy for the criminal
The large number of hand-written -- in Hindi and English -- posters we saw along the route in the cities and the townships, across villages and around tree trunks near the more frequented dhabas, calling for a release of Chhatradhar Mahato and sundry other ‘Maoists’ taken into custody with unprecedented alacrity by the Bengal police recently when we were away, certainly explained to us the kind of strong criminal hold the ‘Maoists’ of Jharkhand enjoy in that poverty-ridden, over-populated, caste-riven hinterland of Bengal.

The day we left a desolate Hazaribag, we learnt that an inspector of the special branch pf the Jharkhand police, kidnapped by the ‘Maoist’ criminals earlier, had been gunned down and his body left horribly mutilated on the Bundi-Ranchi express highway - as an ‘act of revenge against the arrest of Chhatradhar.’

Earlier, speaking to the students, teachers, and the educational employees of the Ranchi University who unlike, say, their counterparts in the Presidency College or the Jadavpur university on this side of the geographical divide, revealed how they are bitterly apolitical and simply curse the ‘Maoists’ as ‘dacoits,’ and ‘lower caste’ upstarts, thus, supporting in a manner of speaking, the rôle of the armed and dangerous descendants of the erstwhile Ranvir Sena and the Sunlight Sena as the ‘effective counterweight’ of the ruling classes against the insurgents.’

Back in Bengal, we note how Chhatradhar has been warbling as a lark in spring about his closeness to the Trinamulis. Much anti-Communist fluff is being bandied about in the bourgeois media about what the criminal has stated or not stated to the police during the interrogations going on. The same big media has been expectedly sympathetic with the ‘cause’ that the history-sheeter and his backer-uppers elsewhere represented. We learn that until date Chhatradhar has gushed out these principal points amongst other complete non sequitors, blatant lies, and easily identifiable misguiding ‘confessions.’

‘Maoists’ it had been that had set up the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities or PCAPA. This happened on the second week of November of 2008. The committee was to act as the ‘front’ of the ‘Maoists’ and the Trinamulis plus SUCI.

Chhatradhar remained a paid-up member of the Trinamulis until his being taken into custody by the Bengal police. Trinamulis asked Chhatradhar to run from a ‘suitable’ Assembly seat from the jangal mahal, in the 2011 Vidhan Sabha polls. A top leader of the Trinamulis, close associate of the chieftain, went to Chhatradhar’s residence to inform him of this ‘award’ for the anti-Communist activities the villain had performed. Chhatradhar was clear in his mind that he would become the minister of a cabinet rank, once the Trinamulis came to office by whatever means in 2011.

The local Binpur constituency is a reserved constituency for tribals. Chhatradhar is not a member of any tribal community. He was asked to contest from the Jhargram seat where thanks to the process of delimitation which itself the Trinamulis had stood opposed to, the entire Lalgarh block would structure a large electoral segment. The entire plan was coordinated by members of the ‘civil society.’

Chhatradhar was asked to keep in close touch also with the Trinamuli toughs of Keshpur-Garbeta, Nandigram, and Sonachura so that a comprehensive anti-Communist insurgency would be set in motion in south Bengal in a big way as the Assembly polls approached, and this was to begin from the last quarter of this year to be continued till the polls themselves approached in ’11. More violence was on the cards, plus the usual depredations.

Chhatradhar has received Rs 1.5 lakh by way of funds to ‘fight’ the Communists of Bengal and a forum called the Lalgarh Sanhati Manch had been set up to act as an open ‘democratic’ instrument to collect subscriptions and liaise with the big media, especially the news channel of the Patrika group.

In a recent interview to the Patrika, a ‘Maoist’ leader and one of the political masters of Chhatradhar, one ‘Kishanji’ alias ‘Koteswara Rao’ has clearly declared that the ‘Maoists’ would dearly love to ensure that the Trinamuli chieftain become the Bengal chief minister as she was the ‘most suitable candidate for the post.’ Elsewhere, just in case something else happened, Chhatradhar has set up a life insurance policy of Rs one crore, and the first instalment of premium set at five lakhs has been paid, source of funds yet stubbornly unknown.

The criminal has confessed that members of the ‘civil society’ were deeply ensconced in the ‘open’ support group and had demanded as the price of the monetary boost that Chhatradhar lead his goons into Kolkata and organise a show of arms at Esplanade which Chhatradhar duly did but sans any popular sympathy. Indeed, the ‘movement’ went steadily downhill since that show put up by a virtual gallery of rogues, criminals, goons, and hoodlums who were given bows and arrows, scimitars, axes, adzes, plus headbands of roughly-woven gamchhas, to pose as ‘authenticated’ adivasis.

Finally the criminal said that from the time the police ops started in the jangal mahal, the Trinamulis allowed the ‘Maoists’ to come to the fore of the PCAPA and asked Chhatradhar to take a step backward. The ‘movement’ declined further. As the resistance put by the villagers later proved, the stepping back part indeed had to be executed by the ‘Maoist’ goons themselves and, as we write this, the resistance movement continues to grow in an ever-widening arc across the red clay zone of western Bengal, and the people of Lalgarh and its surrounds have come out openly to denounce and denigrate the ‘Maoists’ and the Trinamulis as undesirable, harmful, opportunistic elements - something that fear had kept them from doing over the past months, and years. A march of tens of thousands of people in the Salboni area and at Indus on 3 October is but one example of the people’s power in motion.