The Telegraph
Tuesday , July 22 , 2014
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Pride of place on stage

Mondal and Manirul

Calcutta, July 21: Anubrata Mondal and Manirul Islam, both accused in murder cases, today found place on the dais.

Although Mamata Banerjee today said at the annual rally that her party would not tolerate any “wrongdoing”, she made no mention of the two Birbhum leaders. Krishnagar MP Tapas Paul, who created a controversy with his “rape-and-shoot” speech, was absent.

Over the past few months, Calcutta High Court has asked the state government multiple times why no action has been taken against MLA Manirul and Birbhum Trinamul chief Mondal, once described by Mamata as “khub bhalo chele (very good boy)”.

Throughout the rally today, Manirul and Mondal were seen talking to Trinamul leaders on the dais and waving at the crowd at times.

“Mamatadi has supported Keshto (Anubrata’s nickname) in different party forums. He was the architect of our party’s win in the Bolpur Lok Sabha seat. Manirul, too, has been a loyal organiser. Mamatadi has always backed good organisers,” a senior Trinamul leader said.

The Trinamul government is yet to take any action against Mondal, who is accused in the murder of a Trinamul dissident’s father days after a provocative speech by the Birbhum party chief. Manirul, whose name is mentioned in the FIR on the murder of three brothers during a kangaroo court session in his home, is also yet to face any action.

Both leaders, whose names have been dropped from the chargesheets, found their pride of place at a meeting Mamata held earlier this month in Bolpur.

The party, however, has cracked the whip on small functionaries like Alok Das and Chanchal Banerjee, who are accused of threatening the management of Shyam SEL in Jamuria, Burdwan.

CPM state secretary Biman Bose said Mamata’s claims to punish the guilty were an attempt to “misguide the people”.