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Protest against the illegal arrest, harassment and brutal behaviour of West Bengal Police administration and ruling party supported goons

Press Release
Osongothito Khetra Shramik Sangrami Mancha


 
Protest against the illegal arrest, harassment and brutal behaviour of  West Bengal Police administration and ruling party supported goons
 


We strongly protest the illegal arrest, harassment and brutal behaviour of West Bengal Police administration along with ruling party supported goons against the Civic Police Volunteers in particular and unorganised sector workers as a whole.
 The members of West Bengal Civic Police Association of Malda district including state president Sanjoy Poria assembled near Malda Town Hall to give deputation to the SP and DM of Malda district today. Prior to this they  informed the SP, DM, and IC of English Bazar Police Station of todays programme. The Civic Polices of  Malda district were dismissed illegally. In spite of the fact that  the GO no. 1940-PL/PB/3P-31/12 dated14.07.2014, clearly mentioned that only the old list of Civic Police Volunteers have to be enrolled for the re-appointment of Civic Police.


The dismissed Civic Police of Malda wrote letters to the respective Police Stations, SP of Malda protesting the dismissal. They moved writ petition to Calctta High Court. The Court  ordered the SP of Malda  on 5th, 19th & 25th of Sept. 2014 either to reinstate them or explain why they are not elligible for the job of Civic Police within 4 week time. Today more than 150 Civic Police assembled in a meeting with prior intimation to the administration to give deputation to DM and SP with prior appointment. After they assembled, without any reason the police arrested more than 140 Civic Police and confined them in Eglish Bazar Police Station. Two of them namely Mahesh Saha and Musaraf Hossen were severely beaten up by the police and became seriously ill. They were taken to the Hospital by the police in haste.
Just two days before on 29 October the Civic Police Association of Hooghly district organised a meeting at Arambagh Bus Terminal giving prior information to SP, DM and IC Arambagh Police Station. When 300 of them assembled there the  armed goons of ruling party surround them and threatened them for dire consequences. Tha President of Hooghly district unit Subroto Hazra was confined till 7 pm and severly beaten up. Earlier Ramchandra Poria father of Sanjay Poria of Keshpur Police Station was threatened by armed goons of local ruling party to burn their house and belongings if Sanjay got involved in movement of Civic Police.


The West Bengal Civic Police Association is a member of The  'Osongothito Khetra Sramik Sangrami Mancha'. The Mancha has decided to organised a public meeting in Kolkata on 11-11-2014 to highlight various demands of unorganised sectors workers and the undemocratic situation prevailing in the state. The administration and the ruling party out of fear continuously  trying to disrupt the meeting. We demand:

  • Immediate release of all the arrested Civic Police.
  • Immediate reinstatement of dismissed Civic Police following Hon'be Calcutta High Court Order.
  • Stop harassment and vicitimisation of Civic Police.
  • Ensure guarantee of constitutional right of  'Right to Association'.

 
(Swapan Ganguly                                                                                                                         Somenath Ghosh)
                                          for Osongothito Khetra Shramik Sangrami Mancha