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Bricks at CPM rally in Calcutta, 8 injured

Dec. 22: Eight CPM supporters, including two women, were injured when suspected Trinamul activists threw stones at a Left rally led by Biman Bose in north Calcutta today.

The procession on BT Road near Chiria More, in which other CPM leaders like Mohammad Salim and Manab Mukherjee also participated, was taken out to protest a host of issues, including “highhandedness” of Trinamul.

Five of the eight CPM supporters have suffered head injuries and are in hospital.

Police said the procession, in which around 2,000 CPM cadres were walking, started from Chiria More and ended at Shyambazar.

The CPM alleged in an FIR that Shantanu Sen, a Trinamul councillor, had led the attack.

“He was waiting beside BT Road with 50 of his supporters. As soon as our procession came near the spot, Sen and his associates hurled stones,” said Kamal Sarkar, who lodged the FIR. He alleged that the police escorting the rally stood “mute spectators”.

Left Front chairman Bose said the attack was a pointer to the “prevailing lawlessness in the state”.

Salim said: “This is the first time in the recent past that a Left procession has been attacked in Calcutta.”

Trinamul denied the allegation. A party general secretary said: “Our workers were not involved in the attack, which could have been masterminded by a rival CPM faction.”

Buddha barb

CPM politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today dared chief minister Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Chinsurah to order a CBI probe to find out if the Saradha Group flourished during the Left rule as alleged by Trinamul.

Three CPM cadres returning from the rally were pelted with stones by suspected Trinamul supporters in Hoogly’s Simplapal.