The villagers of Kamduni in Barasat,who have been demanding a CBI probe into the gangrape-murder of a 20-year-old college girl,will go on a hunger strike in Kolkata if the ongoing probe by the state agency,CID,is not expedited.
After returning from Delhi where they met President Pranab Mukherjee with their demand for a CBI probe into the incident,the group of 20-odd villagers charted out a fresh strategy for their protest.
In their quest for justice, the villagers have joined hands with the members of Protibadi Mancha the anti-rape forum formed by late teacher-activist Barun Biswas in Sutia.
The members of the forum,who were present at Howrah station on Tuesday to welcome Kamduni villagers,said they were reminded of what happened at Sutia a few years ago.
We visited Kamduni and found that people want to seek justice but they lack leadership. We will provide them all support, said Parimal Mondal,the forums joint secretary.
Citing the wide media coverage that the group received with most of them having been identified,Mondal said the group required security. We would appeal to the administration to provide them security,especially to people who had been at the forefront of the protest movement, added Mondal.
Tumpa Kayal,who along with her friend Mausumi Kayal,was labelled a Maoist by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when the latter visited Kamduni and entered into an argument with them,said the President has assured them of safety. The President asked us not to be afraid. Nothing will happen,he said to us, said Tumpa.
Mausumi said the Presidents words were very encouraging. Whatever fear that we had earlier has ceased to exist after meeting the President. We will fight to the finish, said Mausami.
Pradeep Mukherjee,the headmaster of Kamduni Free Primary School who has been at the receiving end from the administration after he took part in a protest rally,said he was ready to face the consequences.
I have come too far to retract. I had done what I thought was my duty and do not regret it. If people do not come forward in situations like these,there would be more such incidents, he said.
Mukherjee is supposed to be on election duty at Habra in the third phase of the panchayat elections on July 19.