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Mamata calls SPs on clashes

June 11: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will hold a meeting with all police superintendents tomorrow, apparently to discuss allegations of political violence in Bengal.

The move comes two days after a Left delegation met the chief minister at Nabanna and complained that nearly 48,500 cadres had been rendered homeless because of Trinamul “terror”. Mamata had contested the allegation but had said she would look into it on a case-by-case basis.

Sources said the district police chiefs had been asked to come prepared for tomorrow’s meeting with “status reports” on victims of political violence, how many had fled their homes and their current status.

A minister close to Mamata said today that her decision to meet the police chiefs showed that she was “sincere about keeping her word”.

Two CPM leaders were beaten up with iron rods and sticks allegedly by Trinamul activists in Burdwan today.

While Deshbandhu Hazra, 58, the secretary of the Khandaghosh zonal committee, was admitted to a private hospital on the outskirts of Burdwan town, Noor Alam, 55, a Khandaghosh zonal committee member of the CPM, was undergoing treatment at Burdwan Medical College Hospital.

Doctors said the duo had suffered injuries on their heads and legs.

Trinamul leader Ashoke Maji scoffed at the allegations. “The CPM is no longer our enemy after the chief minister assured the Left leadership that their safety and security would be ensured,” he said.