Mamata stable, Delhi cops pass blame
Even as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's health improved on Thursday after she was admitted with complaints of breathing problem and palpitation in a private clinic in Kolkata, the Delhi police have accused her for ignoring their warnings on the day she and her industry minister were heckled before the Planning Commission office by SFI activists.
The Delhi police in a report to the Home Ministry said Banerjee decided to make an entry to the Planning Commission through a gate that had not been cleared for her.
The police had reportedly alerted her saying that demonstrators had gathered at the main entrance, while suggesting her to use the VIP gate.
Banerjee had reportedly declined to used the gate for the VIPs.
When asked about this, Banerjee said, "Not at all. Do you think I am a beggar? I never bow down my head. I consider myself as an LIP (Less Important Person) rather than a VIP."
Meanwhile, West Bengal Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu has ordered an action into the ransacking that took place in the premises of Kolkata's premier educational institution Presidency University.
On Wednesday, the campus was vandalised as Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) and Students' Federation of India (SFI) supporters clashed at the institution.
West Bengal Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee has also condemned the violence in Presidency, although he has denied that the hooligans were members of TMCP.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leadership must ensure an end to attacks on Left offices in West Bengal.
TMC activists on Tuesday allegedly vandalised offices of the CPI-M across West Bengal after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was heckled by Leftist protesters in New Delhi over a student death in Kolkata in police custody
The attacks took place in Hooghly, Howrah, Bankura, Birbhum, North and South 24 Parganas, Cooch Behar and Darjeeling districts, CPI-M members alleged.
Six of the party's offices at Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district were allegedly burnt down and the car of former Higher Education minister and CPI(M) leader Sudarshan Roychowdhury was damaged at Serampore in Hooghly district.
The car of former minister and veteran CPI-M leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah was attacked with bombs at Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district while a number of other leaders were targeted as well, the CPI-M said.
The attacks came after activists of the CPI-M's student wing allegedly heckled TMC Chief Banerjee and assaulted her finance minister Amit Mitra in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The protesters were angry over Banerjee's remarks on the recent death of a Students' Federation of India (SFI) leader in Kolkata while in police custody.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Polit Bureau said, "There was a protest organised against the custodial death of SFI leader Sudipto Gupta, on the occasion of the visit of the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee to the Planning Commission Office on April 9, 2013."
"In the course of this protest, an incident took place involving the Finance Minister, Amit Mitra. The CPI-M has disapproved and condemned this incident. The Party will look into how this has happened."
"However, on the pretext of this incident, widespread violence has been unleashed against the CPI-M and the Left in West Bengal. The Polit Bureau strongly condemns the attacks on the CPI-M and Left parties offices all across West Bengal.
"Many Party offices have been destroyed and scores of Party cadres and leaders have been injured in these attacks by TMC men," the CPI-M had said.
"The Polit Bureau of the CPI-M demands that the TMC leadership immediately put a stop to these attacks. The state government should take immediate steps to ensure that peace is maintained," it added
The Polit Bureau had also said that a judicial probe into the death of Sudipto Gupta should be ordered without delay.
(Posted on 11-04-2013)