As the indefinite hunger strike called by West Midnapore MLA Manas Bhuniya to protest against the killing of a Chhatra Parishad activist at Sabang college last month, entered its fifth day, former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi appealed to the Congress leader to lift his fast, a request which was politely declined by Bhuniya.
“Yes, he (Gandhi) did call and asked me to stop the fast considering my deteriorating health condition. However, I told him very humbly that I would like to continue with the fast as long as my health would permit. I am astonished that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had often resorted to a hunger strike has not even inquired once to find out what the problem was or how I had been doing healthwise,” Bhuniya said.
The former state Congress president expressed satisfaction that all state Congress leaders had come and lent their moral support to his strike. “Senior leaders from New Delhi are also concerned about the issue and are in talks with state leaders about the next course of action,” Bhuniya said.
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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”.
“We are not even making any illogical demand. We are asking for an impartial probe into the killing of the Chhatra Parishad (CP) students in the West Midnapore college. While the accused belonged to the Trinamool students’ wing, Trinamool Chhatra Parishad, CP students were held and had been chargesheeted for murder by the police led by Superintendent of Police Bharati Ghosh, who has scripted an entirely fabricated tale,” Bhuniya said.
Sources said a team of central Congress leaders are expected to come soon to the protest venue at Mayo Road near Gandhi statue in central Kolkata.
Meanwhile, according to medical reports Bhuniya’s blood pressure and sugar levels have dropped over the last five days.