Pradip Tah (55),a former CPM MLA from Burdwan (North),and Kamal Gayen (68),a CPM district committee member,were killed in a gruesome manner by a group of armed men,allegedly Trinamool Congress workers,at Deoandighi Mirzapur in Burdwan on Wednesday.
TMC leaders,including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Partha Chatterjee,however,claimed that the incident was an outcome of public outrage and internal squabbles of the CPM.
The bodies of the two leaders were taken to Kolkata on Wednesday night. The body of the former MLA will be taken to the Assembly on Thursday. The CPM has called a protest rally in Kolkata and a 12-hour bandh in Burdwan district on Thursday. Protests were also witnessed here on Wednesday night.
Its a cold-blooded murder by the TMC which is now isolated from the masses, said Leader of Opposition Suryakanta Mishra.
Tah and Gayen had led a rally in support of the nationwide trade union strike called on February 28. Around 10:30 am,a group of men attacked and chased them. Tah ran to reach home. With the situation later seeming to be normal,he came out and was attacked. He was hit with spears,rods,lathis,his face was disfigured,and the back of his head was damaged. Gayen was attacked for trying to save Tah.
Tah was rushed to Burdwan medical college where he was declared brought dead while Gayen succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital,said S A M Mirza,Burdwan SP. We have arrested four persons, said Mirza. Those arrested are TMC workers Surojeet Tah,Patitpaban Tah,Choton Chakraborty and Bhupal Goswami. A TMC leader from Burdwan confirmed that party workers were involved in the incident.
Amol Haldar,CPMs Burdwan district committee secretary,alleged,Tah was tortured before being killed. CPMs Nirupam Sen said the murder was pre-planned.
Condemning the incident,WBPCC president Pradip Bhattacharya said,Its high time politics of killing was stopped. Congress leader Omprakash Mishra said the politics of revenge has been prevailing in Bengal.
Internal feud: Mamata
New Delhi: Responding to the killings of two CPM leaders in Burdwan,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said it was the result of internal feud within the Left party. Asked about her comments on the CPM leaders being butchered,she said,He (CPMs former MLA Pradip Tah) was not butchered. It was internal feud. Ask the state government,he had five cases against him, she told reporters.