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Since 1st March, 1999
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Aid refusal shock for Bloc leader

Cooch Behar, Oct. 26: Forward Bloc MLA Deepak Sarkar was in for a shock today when he went to donate Rs 3,000 to the family of a man killed in police firing on September 20.

The son of the deceased man ' Bisadhu Barman of Kharija Kakrabari village in the Cooch Behar police station area ' refused to take 'donations from any political party'.

Accompanied by a team of journalists, the Forward Bloc leader arrived at Barman's house this afternoon only to meet a furious Sujay, a Class XI student.

'We cannot take any donation from you. That will be an insult to my father and the cause for which he died. We hate accepting any help from any political party,' Sujay told Sarkar on the face. The boy said the government has declared compensations 'amounting to lakhs of rupees' for the families of the policemen who were killed in the mob attack, but no official has ever visited them.

On September 20, thousands of supporters of Greater Cooch Behar People's Association had defied Section 144. In the ensuing caning and police firing, two persons in the crowd were killed at Khagrabari. Soon after, mobs at Chakchaka beat up some policemen, three of whom died from injuries suffered in the attacks.

The visibly-embarrassed Bloc leader said he had not come from any political party. The money, he pointed out, was being given by Netaji Subhas Welfare Organisation, a voluntary organisation. Ultimately, however, Sujay succumbed to the leader's insistence and accepted the money.

Sujay said the political parties were sympathising with them to get political mileage. 'I am ready to sacrifice my life like my father,' he added.

Local Bloc leaders, however, said it was Sujay's mother Kamaksha who had appealed to the party for financial help. 'But later the leaders of the association had brainwashed her into changing her mind,' they claimed.

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