Organisers which include family members and ‘Open Platform for Netaji’ say they will go ahead with the rally even without permission.
According to sources, as the noose of investigating agencies tightens over the senior leaders, they are hopeful of a breach in the rank and file of the party.
“We did not have money to fight my brother’s case. We, like many, believe my brother was innocent and there was a conspiracy. It was only with circumstantial evidence that the court declared him guilty,” said Bikas Chatterjee.
In an official release on Thursday, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said that CM’s statement in the state Assembly was an eyewash since no formal communication has reached them and police and administration continued to commit atrocities in the Hills.
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According to sources, the Centre has been using back channels to reach out to GJM leaders, with party chief Bimal Gurung having made it clear that they are not interested in anything other than talks for separate statehood.
The organisation has also invited politicians and ministers to grace the occasion. Sex workers and their children are also scheduled to perform at the event. A makeshift stage has been erected and stalwarts from various walks of life have been invited.
At present the VHP has around 11,000 members, including its offshoots Bajrang Dal (youth outfit) and Durga Bahini (women’s outfit)
Cow vigilantism and crackdown in different BJP-ruled states, including Uttar Pradesh, have already hit the beef market in Bengal badly.
Serving life sentences in Kolkata’s Presidency Central Jail, Rana and Alam are part of a 40-member team, most of them serving life terms for different crimes, creating artwork for themes of two pujas.
"We have just initiated this, and are awaiting the results. This will enable us to track and arrest offenders fast,” said Subrata Kumar Mitra, Police Commissioner (Barrackpore Police Commissionerate)
Mamata sees in Muslims a solid 27 pc vote bank that can keep her in power. BJP sees in Hindus an ‘ignored group’ that can be its springboard. As Basirhat joins a string of communal clashes in West Bengal, The Indian Express looks at the underlying politics.
It’s been this way for the past seven years, ever since Juthika’s husband, Prasenjit Atta (42) went ‘missing’ in the Jnaneswari Express derailment — one of the country’s worst train accidents.
Representatives of maths, temples, RSS, Arya Samaj, Hindu outfits, Sikhs, Jains apart from VHP functionaries have been invited for the meet, which is scheduled to be held at Mahajati Sadan.
The initiative is being led by Qari Fazlur Rehman, a senior Imam who leads the Eid prayers on the Red Road in Kolkata.
Besides smuggling of various items, including gold and cows, Basirhat and adjoining areas are known to act as conduits for cross-border trafficking and infiltration. Villagers stated that youths in the villages have formed night guard parties.
Muslims in this patch of North 24-Parganas on Bangladesh border, where tensions erupted at beginning of the week after a teen’s objectionable post on social media, are pooling money to help Hindu neighbours rebuild their gutted shops and businesses.
Muslims in this patch of North 24-Parganas on the Bangladesh border, where tensions erupted at the beginning of the week after a teen’s objectionable post on social media, are pooling money to help Hindu neighbours rebuild their gutted shops and businesses.
Trinamool offices in Basirhat and surrounding areas, which witnessed communal violence over a Facebook post, were shut after local residents attacked party MLA Dipendu Biswas’s residence and vandalised some party offices on Thursday.
West Bengal Communal clashes: Mamata Banerjee claimed to be deeply hurt and labelled the Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi as someone who is speaking as ‘BJP Block president’. The Governor in a press release retorted that he had said nothing which was humiliating.
Bashirhat, Baduria and many other parts of North-24 Parganas bordering Bangladesh have been tense following a social media post by a 17-year-old boy that sparked clashes.
According to highly placed CBI sources, Sultan had admitted to receiving Rs 7 Lakh from Narada news CEO Mathew Samuel, who had shot the sting video, for election expenses. But, he could not provide any evidence to prove his claim
A cooperative bank run by sex workers, Usha Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd — the largest of its kind in India — provides sanitary napkins and condoms to thousands of sex workers at a subsidy. The bank has 30,222 members from Sonagachi and other red-light areas of Bengal.
Meanwhile, reports are coming in of harassment of people from the hills and Sikkim in towns such as Siliguri, which has an overwhelming population of Bengali-speaking people, and of people even leaving.
While a state minister has issued a statement promising safety of people from the hills in the plains, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) that is spearheading the demand for Gorkhaland has accused the government of inciting “communal hatred” and “division” between the two regions.
Showing copies of nearly two dozen police complaints of cow thefts, residents of Durgapur claimed that the police asked them to take care of such “petty matters” themselves.
Left with just seven days of food, 40 units of blood nearing expiry and a meagre stock of critical care medicines, Sadar Hospital, one of Darjeeling’s most preferred emergency medical centres, has taken a hit despite being kept out of the purview of the indefinite strike in the hills, now in its eleventh day. Over […]
Heavy police force has been deployed in local markets and streets of Chopra post the lynching of Delhi construction workers alleged to be cattle smugglers by violent and unruly mob at Durgapur village of North Dinajpur district.
While two cars with registration numbers of Sikkim were damaged, the services of Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) from Siliguri was stopped.
Gurung urged everyone to hit the streets in protest and also warned them that some leaders from other parties may try to betray the Gorkhaland agitation.
After a six-member team was called in to detect radio signals and communication between GJM cadres, police claimed chatter from other states and even a foreign country had been detected.
Not only Indians, students from Nepal, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Bangladesh have been stranded amid GJM’s call for an indefinite shutdown over its demand for Gorkhaland.
Gurung who held a press conference at Patlaybas, said: “I am not Kishenji . I am not a Maoist. We have all resigned from GTA, and now it is only Gorkhaland for us. We are protesting democratically.”
“Our boarders have left school, they have been handed over to their parents in Siliguri. Our school is scheduled to reopen on July 3. We are in touch with the parents. We will dothe needful according to the prevailing situation,” said Father Shajumon.
The Darjeeling hills had seen a violent movement for Gorkhaland in the mid 1980s under Gorkha National Liberation Front leader Subhash Ghisingh. However, the movement ended in 1988.
Condemning the move, GJM’s assistant general secretary Binay Tamang said: “The police and the chief minister are responsible for the deaths of our cadres." Three people were killed in police firing in West Bengal.