Former state Congress president and Sabang MLA Manas Bhuniya said he would launch an indefinite hunger strike on Wednesday at the Mahatma Gandhi statue on Mayo Road in Kolkata protesting against the alleged police atrocities on students of Chhatra Parishad (CP) — the Congress students’ wing — following the death of Krishna Prasad Jana, a student of Sabang College in West Midnapore on August 7.
Bhuniya, who would begin the fast in the presence of other senior party leaders, said it was the first such incident since independence that a student had been killed on the college campus following a fight over the control of the students’ union room. He also alleged that the district Superintendent of Police, Bharati Ghosh, was working under the influence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and had implicated CP students in the case.
Earlier, Bhuniya had put up a demonstration at Sabang protesting against the incident. “We demand that the truth must be unearthed, the killers must be identified and put behind bars, the torture on innocent CP students must be stopped and the vandalism at college campuses must be checked,” the Congress leader said.
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The state Congress said it had to undergo considerable trouble in getting permission from the Kolkata Police for the movement. “The Lalbazar authorities had taken a long time to decide whether they would give permission for the hunger strike. Only at the eleventh hour today, the permission was granted. We were unable to put up a stage there until late in the day,” said a senior Congress leader.