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SUCI claims today's 24-hour Bangla bandh ''total success''

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Dec 5 (UNI) The Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) congratulated the people for making its 24-hour ''Bangla bandh'' a ''total success''.

Briefing medipersons here about the impact of the bandh, SUCI state secrtary Prabhas Ghosh claimed that so far 1135 SUCI supporters were arrested and 141 others injured in different parts of the state in ''police brutality and attacks by the CPI(M) cadres in a desperate attempt to foil the bandh''.

Alleging that of the injured the condition of five was stated to be critical, Mr Ghosh claimed that most of the private run offices, educational institutions, Banks and financial institutions either remained closed or kept open with skeleton staff, while the state administration had forcefully plied empty buses, trams and other modes of transport to ''hoodwink'' the public.

Today's bandh was also being simultaneouly observed by different factions of the CPI(ML) to protest the state government's ongoing farm land acquisition programme at Singur for the Tata Motors' proposed small car manufacturing unit.

Though the SUCI had called a 24-hour statewide bandh, others had given the call for 12 hour from 0600 hours.

Coming down heavily on the CPI(M) and particularly on Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee for going ahead with the land acquisition programme in favour of the Tatas and levelling ''false charges'' against the party, Mr Ghosh announced the party's month-long fresh agitational programme beginning December eight.

He also categorically denied that any party worker was involved in last Saturday's violence at Singur forcing police to use lathis ''indiscriminately''.

Also claiming that all sections of people had supported today's bandh spontaneously and despite the alleged attempt of the administration and the police, it was observed peacefully everywhere.

''We have instructed our workers not to get involved in any scuffle with the police and do not create any obstruction to prevent free movement of transport,'' the SUCI state Secretary said adding inspite of that so many people were either arrested or injured by police.

Referring to his future agitational programme, Mr Ghosh informed that it included mass rallies in all the towns and in front of every District Magistrate office, launching of campaign for collection of millions of signatures from the public and organise protest against the state government's land policy by the intellectuals.

Asked whether the SUCI would respond to the Chief Minister's invitation for talks with every political party on the Singur issue, Mr Ghosh replied in the negative.

''As long as the state government does not backtrack from its present policy, we will not sit for any dialogue, '' he asserted.


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