The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
New Delhi, 22 February 2012: The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the murder of two leaders of our Party in West Bengal, both members of the Burdwan district committee of the CPI(M) – Comrade Pradip Tah and Comrade Kamal Gayen – in open daylight in the Dewandighi on the outskirts of the Burdwan town by the Trinamool Congress goons.
Comrade Pradip was a former MLA representing the Burdwan (North) Assembly constituency. These heinous murders took place when both these leaders were leading a huge procession of people which was protesting against attacks on Party sympathisers campaigning for the all-India strike of February 28 called by the Central trade unions.
These are murders most foul and is part of planned attacks and killings of Left leaders and activists after the assumption of office by the Mamata Banerjee led government. These two murders takes up the toll of people killed to 58 since the change of government.
These attacks come in the background of the massive popular mobilization, at the call of the CPI(M), in the Brigade Parade Ground on February 19 which reflected people’s anger against the politics of violence and vendetta. Frustrated by the growing resistance of the people, the TMC led goons have indulged in this gruesome act.
This act of violence is also to try and at any cost stop the certain overwhelming success of the industrial strike at the call of the Central trade unions.
The Polit Bureau calls upon the Party units and all other Left and democratic minded people in the country to raise their voice of protest against such politics of violence and terror.