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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:28

Support Bhangar Movement; Make 8th May Raj Bhavan March a Great Success.

The six months old struggle of the displaced peasants and villagers of Bhangar in South 24 Parganas of West Bengal to get the Central Power Grid Project in the area scrapped has reached a significant phase with the mass dharna from 5th April and the declaration at its culmination on 11th evening to organize massive Raj Bhavan March on 8th May, to be followed by the People’s Tribunal on 13-14 May. From the beginning the state government went on suppressing the movement, resorting to lathi charge, police firing and arrest of large number of villagers and leaders including comrades Pradip Singh Thakur, state secretary, Sharmista Choudhury and Sankar Das, Central Committee members of the CPI(ML) Red Star, com. Kushal Debnath, leader of the Solidarity Committee and the leaders of the Jomi Jeebika Vastutantro and Porivesh Rakha Committee (Committee for the Protection of Land, Livelihood and Environment). It has resorted to some sort of encirclement and suppression policy, deploying large number of state forces and TMC goons around the area.

This struggle has inspired many struggles against displacement, for land and environmental protection in different parts of the state. It has inspired movements against the imposition of neoliberal policies by the TMC government including imposition of UAPA like black acts on leaders of people’s movements. The Bhangar People’s Movement has created a platform for the unity of all political parties, people’s movements and various mass organizations opposed to the TMC government’s policies to come together.

This unity started emerging with the launching of Jomi Jeebika Vastutantro and Porivesh Rakha Committee and the solidarity movement in support of struggling Bhangar people started taking concrete shape with the Raj Bhavan March at Kolkata on 22nd December and the people’s mobilization at Bhangar on 11th January. The martyrdom of Mofzil Khan and Alamgir during the police repression and police firing on 17th January was followed by the massive protest march at Kolkata on 30th January and other follow up actions. While the state repression continued including arrests of movement’s leaders imposing UAPA, the people’s resistance also went on strengthening as reflected in the big mobilization during the mass dharna at Bhangar from 5th to 11th April and the increasing number of movements expressing solidarity with it. All these have developed in to broadest unity of democratic and struggling people’s movements at the state level.

It is in this situation the representatives of all political parties and various movements who attended the mass dharna on 11th April discussed and decided to organize a mass march to Raj Bhavan March on 8th May with the demands: (1) Scrap the Central Power Grid Project of Bhangar; (2) Withdraw all cases charged against villagers and leaders of the movement and immediately release them; (3) Provide adequate compensation to the relatives of the two comrades killed in police firing, for the injured and for the houses, shops and mosques damaged; (4) Scrap UAPA; and (5) Take strong measures against communal forces.

We appeal to all political parties, mass organizations, people’s movements, democrats, students and all progressive sections who support the Bhangar people’s movement and oppose the autocratic, anti-people policies of the TMC government to join the this mass march and make it a great success.

The Central Committee calls on all party committees to observe 8th May as All India Solidarity Day and to organize programs in all states mobilizing all like minded forces.

Comradely,

KNR, GS, dated 12th April.

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