State Congress leaders, led by West Midnapore MLA Manas Bhuniya, started a hunger strike on Wednesday near the Gandhi statue in Kolkata’s Mayo Road to protest against the killing of Chhatra Parishad activist Krishna Prasad Jana at Sabang college in the district last month.
On August 7, Jana, a third-year BA student of Sabang Sajanikanta Mahavidyalaya, was lynched during a clash between Congress students’ wing and Trinamool Chhatra Parishad at the college campus over claiming the students’ union room.
The party’s demands included “bringing the actual killers of Jana to the book and an end to CP students being tortured”. Senior leaders like Pradeep Bhattacharya, Abdul Mannan, Somen Mitra, Deepa Dasmunshi and Mausam Benazir Noor were present at the occasion.
Mannan said in a bid to remove the CPM from power in Bengal, the party had made a big mistake. “It is our mistake that we replaced a thief (CPM) with a poisonous snake (Trinamool Congress). Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee doesn’t understand the pain of mothers who have lost their children. If the situation doesn’t improve, we will hold a demonstration in front of the CM’s house at Hazra,” he added.
“I want the culprits involved in the brutal murder of Jana arrested. The police are acting as a tool of the ruling party,” Bhuniya said while addressing party workers on the first day of his fast. He alleged that the district police was arresting those who have sought justice in the case of Jana.
“The CM had said that she would ensure a proper investigation. But even before the investigation started, she announced that Jana was killed due to infighting in Chhatra Parishad. We held a demonstration, a bandh, marched to Nabanna… When all failed, with permission from higher leadership, we have started a hunger strike today,” he added.
“The main culprits are roaming free and those who are seeking justice, are either being harassed or arrested,” Bhuniya alleged.