CPM attacks RSS men, leave them seriously injured

Amid the violence going on in Kerala between the CPM and RSS, a group of CPM activists allegedly attacked three activists of the RSS in Kerala’s Kozhikode. They have been admitted to the Government Medical College and doctors there say one of them has been gravely injured.

The three injured men identified as Sudheesh, Bineesh and Rahul are all in their early twenties. Police revealed that while the RSS activists were on their way home, they were ambushed by CPM workers. The police told NDTV that local political rivalry triggered the assault.

On Thursday, two BJP workers were left wounded after a country-made bomb was hurled at the RSS office in Kozhikode’s Nadapuram. Almost within an hour, the CPM office was set ablaze. As incidents of clashes involving CPM and BJP are on the rise in Kerala, it can be linked to RSSS leader Kundan Chandravat’s preposterous announcement of offering a bounty of Rs 1 crore bounty for beheading Kerala Chief Minister Pinari Vijayan.

While BJP has blamed poor law-and-order in the state, the CPM has said such incidents of violence are the brainchild of the RSS.

News Source: NDTV, DNA

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West Bengal likely to be renamed

In yet another instance of renaming places, the state cabinet has passed a proposal to drop ‘West’ from West Bengal and suggested that it should only be named as ‘Bengal’ in English and  Banga’ or ‘Bangla’ in Bengali. The move was proposed by Mamta Banerjee government on Tuesday.

In a special assembly session on August 26, the proposal will be mooted which is likely to be cleared. The resolution will then be sent to the centre for approval.

CM Mamta Banerjee complained that the W of West Bengal deprived the state officials of the benefit to speak in the first half of the Parliament. The change in name will raise the state’s alphabetical position from 28th to 4th.

NDTV reported Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who welcomed the proposal, but is not in favor of the name Bongo which is the name of a musical instrument. There was a proposal of name change in 2011 too, led by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. The renaming of the state to “Paschim Banga” didn’t apply.

‘West Bengal’ got its name after independence and partition. The province was divided on religious grounds in which the Muslims formed East Bengal, acceded to Pakistan. Later it separated to form an independent nation of Bangladesh. The prefix of ‘west’ continues to remind the people of the painful partition. But omitting ‘West’ will wipe out the tears.

Also for the first time, Trinamool Congress Party has mutually agreed to support the move along with their opposition.

Source- NDTV


Oppn and activists left enraged as 17-year old is tortured in police custody

Kolkata: A Bengal court has finally granted bail to Sourav Das, the 17-year old juvenile who had been held in custody and tortured by the Chitpore police. The teenager was accused with charges of burglary and theft and was arrested back in December 2013 with the case pending ever-since.

On July 3, the boy had returned home only to be picked up moments later by the police, who have since them tortured the boy at will and left him untreated with the family begging for his life. “They beat up my son severely, shoved a baton into his rectum and left him naked in the lock-up after his trousers got blood-stained. He is running a fever, but police have left him untreated,” alleged the boy’s mother.

While the police has restrained from speaking to the media, the opposition have reacted to the inhuman atrocity in an aggressive manner. Senior party leader and former Member of Parliament Samik Lahiri while speaking to SIMC Wire stated, “This has been happening almost daily under the TMC govt. Some, as such, get reported. The Government has been controlling the police who are shielding the criminals in the state. We deeply condemn the brutal atrocities committed on Sourav Das in the police custody.”

He also went on to say that the left shall be taking up the issue to the masses and launch a movement against it. “We demand immediate action against the police officials who are responsible for this heinous crime,” said Lahiri. Last year, a SFI student leader was allegedly pushed off a running bus while the police were cordoning off a rally with a lathi charge later resulting to his death.

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There has been a massive outrage in the area with activists enraged over the brutality with which the police have dealt the case. Human Rights activist, Ranjit Sur went on to say, “Such acts have been taking place in Bengal. This is a gross violation of human rights. The police cannot at any circumstances not produce him in court and torture him in custody in such a way. We want the govt to step in and take immediate action.”

The Kolkata police have ordered a probe now in the case, with the Joint Commissioner for Crime assuring the family of it now that a written complaint has been issued. Accusations from the family also suggest that the cops had asked for a bribe of around thirty thousand from the boy’s grandfather. On refusing such a ransom though by the family which sustains itself by running a local tea-stall threats have been given out as well.

The boy’s lawyer, Mr.BiswajitChatterjee has also raised questions on the ill-treatment of his client and has demanded the juvenile justice board to step in. While speaking to a national daily, he told, “We have written to senior police officers to investigate the matter. We demand that the matter be taken up before a juvenile justice board and a medical examination conducted on my client.”