Bengal: Mamata wants peace, focus on pandemic

Mamata Banerjee at her Kalighat residence

KOLKATA: Mamata Banerjee on Monday appealed for peace and harmony, saying Trinamool workers were being attacked in Burdwan and Cooch Behar. She urged party workers to stand by people and report all incidents to police.
The Trinamool said four of its workers had died in post-poll clashes.
“I want to remind BJP that what they are doing is not right. One of our supporters was killed in East Burdwan. They are torturing them in Cooch Behar,” the CM said. She said, “I want to tell police that some of them have worked for BJP. But it’s time to perform Raj Dharma.” Banerjee also questioned the role of Cooch Behar SP, saying violence continued there unabated.
The party claimed attacks on its workers in Hooghly and East Burdwan. In Hooghly’s Khanakul, Debu Pramanik was hacked to death at his home. At Raina in East Burdwan, Ganesh Malik (60), a party worker, was allegedly killed by BJP men. Saju Shah (30), a resident of Ghereli in Jamalpur, and Bivas Bag of Nabagram in Jamapur, East Burdwan, were hacked to death on Monday for chanting Jai Bangla slogans.
“Bengal is a place of harmony, peace and we should not forget that BJP and central forces tortured us a lot, but this is time to help people fight the pandemic.” She advised all to celebrate birth anniversary of Tagore on May 9 to showcase the cultural ambience of Bengal.
On being asked that the governor had summoned senior police officers, she said DGP and ADG (law and order) were posted by the EC. She said till her swearing-in, law and order was not in her hands. She added, “I am not that vindictive.” The EC’s model code of conduct lapsed on Monday evening.
Meanwhile, a CPM office was set afire in Chopra, North Dinajpur.

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