Hummingbird News Desk
BURDWAN, 31 AUG: Once a red citadel – Burdwan today witnessed a turbulent Marxist maneuvering this evening when the cadres amass, in presence of the CPI-M state secretary went on the berserk and attacked the policemen leaving the cops helpless in jeopardy during the party’s law-breaking movement.
At least 10 policemen including a Deputy Superintendent suffered wounds as the rebellions continued raining stone at the policemen placed at iconic Curzon Gate crossing here to cease CPI-M’s march to the district’s administrative corridor. The SP, East Burdwan, Kamanashis Sen said: “The rally participants suddenly erupted and started pelting stone at the policemen those were waiting in front of the barricades.”
As many as a hundred CPI-M cadres also were injured after the police resorted to indiscriminate lathi charge. “It was a peaceful protest rally to commemorate 84 martyrs of 1959’s Food Movement. The police unleashed attack on our cadres unprovoked. They first charged batons ruthlessly and then lobbed tear-gas shells zigzag in the name of dispersion, which led to the whole pandemonium,” said Mohammed Selim, CPI-M’s state secretary.
He added: “The police, as it seems, was fully prepared to unleash attack on us. There’s no police van, instead, they had multilayer barricades and the cops wearing helmets pounced upon our men with a motive to cause physical assault.”
At around 4:35 pm, the cadres matching towards the district administrative corridor in two groups from Railway Station and Nilpur point arrived at the Curzon Gate complex. The area was covered by guardrails, 10 walls of steel sheets and two bamboo structured barricades. The police received a tip off that a good number of around 5,000 cadres led by Selim marching towards the Curzon Gate were equipped with stone and brick pieces in their bags. In minutes, brickbat between the cops and the cadres grabbed the town’s historic Curzon Gate premises.
Trouble began when a section of cadres started dismantling the Biswa Bangla symbol placed in front of Curzon Gate and destroy a public assistance booth of the MLA, Bardhaman (Dakshin). The police made no delay and triggered the water cannon, besides unleashing lathi charge and firing the tear-gas shells. The police arrested nearly 60 CPI-M cadres among those at least a dozen were women cadres.
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