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CPM sniffs KLO link within

Calcutta, Aug. 26: The CPM leadership will soon put under microscope the role allegedly played by a section of grassroots party workers in Jalpaiguri district in the spread of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation.

The decision follows reports from the party’s Jalpaiguri unit that suggest a group of partymen in Dhupguri and Moinaguri are enabling the KLO activists to expand their bases in Jalpaiguri.

Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had recently alleged that a section of the CPM had helped create the KLO.

CPM district secretary Manik Sanyal has submitted a report on the Dhupguri incident in which five leaders were killed by KLO militants inside a party office.

Though Sanyal has not specifically mentioned the members maintaining links with KLO functionaries, he hinted that the role played by some of them should be examined thoroughly.

CPM insiders now want to know under what circumstances a section of the partymen are keeping touch with the KLO.

The party has information that some of its members are maintaining the KLO connection “under pressure and threats” from the militants. But there is a handful of CPM members who maintain secret links with the KLO on their own.

These members are not satisfied with the district leadership and are reportedly helping the KLO to make inroads in Jalapiguri, particularly in pockets where Rajbanshis are in the majority.

It is learnt that the state CPM leadership will try to remove the misgivings of the disgruntled members and retain them in the party fold. If they refuse to go by directives, the leadership might ask the district unit to initiate measures against them.

CPM state secretary Anil Biswas and chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will meet the district party functionaries when they visit Dhupguri on September 1 and try to measure up their sentiments.

The CPM state secretariat is preparing a note on the developments following the Dhupguri incident. It will be placed at the two-day state committee meeting beginning September 7.

Apart from the initiative to tackle the disgruntled party members in the district, the secretariat will also place its findings on the role played by police after the KLO attack on the Dhupguri office, party sources indicated.

Most of the CPM leaders in Jalpaiguri, including forest minister Jogesh Burman, have expressed their displeasure over the functioning of the district police after the KLO attack.

Director-general of state police D.C. Vajpai was manhandled by a section of supporters when he went to Dhupguri to investigate the case following instructions from the chief minister himself.

It is learnt that the CPM has now realised it might be difficult to politically counter the KLO on its own in Jalpaiguri and pockets in north Bengal. The party’s state leadership, therefore, plans to fight the outfit together with the Left Front partners.

Bhattacharjee will meet the Front leaders in the second week of September and explain them his views on the functioning of the police.

Several Front constituents have alleged that the government’s dependence on the police is gradually increasing and a section of police officers, taking advantage of the situation, is offering contradictory reports to Bhattacharjee on various issues.

During his meeting with the Front leaders, Bhattacharjee will try to answer their grievances over the police department and is likely to seek their opinion regarding its administration.

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