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Subrata defends use of bikes

Ban on biker gangs: 'Motorbikes are the only means of commuting in some areas'

Even as the Calcutta High Court has put the state government in the dock for its failure in controlling the Trinamool Congress’s biker gangs (bike bahini),Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee on Sunday justified their use.

He said that merely using a motorbike does not amount to committing a mischief. “Sometimes 10 people may go out on motorbikes to cast their vote. Does that mean that their trip is illegal? Even 20 people can go out on motorbikes. But you cannot call them miscreants unless they commit some crime.”

Mukherjee also said that motorbikes were used in villages as they were the only means of commuting in some areas.

The State Election Commission banned motorcycle rallies during campaigning for the panchayat polls after it received complaints that groups of motorcyclists,carrying flags of political parties,were intimidating rural voters. The High Court later directed the state government to impose the ban.

Both Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra and Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee are scheduled to be present in the court tomorrow to file affidavits the state government’s on checking biker gangs.

The CPM,meanwhile,alleged that the biker gangs continued to unleash terror in the villages.

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“Even today,we came to know that these gangs are moving around at Haripal and Tarakeshawar in Hooghly. The High Court said the bikes should stop,they haven’t,’’ CPM’s Kolkata district secretariat member Rabin Deb said today. He said he had reported the matter to the SEC today.