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Surjya visit

Calcutta, Nov. 23: A Left Front delegation led by CPM leader Surjya Kanta Mishra today visited a slain Trinamul leader’s home in Howrah’s Bally, prompting Trinamul to allege that the move was aimed at “cheap political gains”.

Tapan Dutta, who was also an environment activist, was shot dead on May 6, 2011, near Bally station when he was returning home on his motorbike with another party activist.

Mishra visited Dutta’s home nearly after 18 months after his death following an appeal by Dutta’s widow Pratima.

Pratima approached the CPM politburo member after failing to get any help from Trinamul in getting her husband’s assailants arrested. Pratima is a member of the Trinamul-controlled Santingar Bosukathi gram panchayat on the outskirts of Bally.

“Dutta was murdered by his own party activists but there has been no initiative on the part of the administration to arrest those named in the FIR, including a minister,” Mishra alleged.