Kolkata, January 11 : Thousands of working class people all participants of the General Strike on 8th and 9Th January , today organized protest Marches and gate meetings in different parts of the State ,including Kolkata, venting their anger towards Police repressions that was showered on the working class population of the state for daring to Join the General Strike called at the behest of Ten Central Trade Unions of the country.
In the Central Programme held at Kolkata, a huge protest March was organised participated by the Leaders of the Central Trade Unions and a huge number of working class people . CITU West Bengal Committee General Secretary Anadi Sahu, President Subhas Mukherjee, INTUC State President Kamarujjaman Kamar along leaders of other Central Trade Unions led the determined rally which took place in the heart of Kolkata around 5.30 PM ,traversing a road length of 2 and half Kilometers from Lenin Statue Basement at Esplanade to Entally Market in Central Kolkata. Protest marches were also held in Siliguri in North Bengal and also in several other districts of the state .
Armed with the Red flag , the protesters sloganed against the inept administration and anti people role of the TMC led State Government which has even lodged many false and fictitious cases against the participants of the strike . Warning the Police and Administration against lodging up of false cases , CITU General Secretary Anadi Sahu said that it should be immediately withdrawn and attempts to defame the historically successful strike won’t be successful .
It can be recalled that in a agonizing incident TMC bigwigs and police lodged a false case alleging that CITU activists and strike supporters has bombed a children pool car , while investigations has shown that the pool car and persons alleging the incident , and the children were stage managed and all of them are TMC leaders kin or TMC leaders themselves. Police lodged a non-bailable case against Strike participants and CITU leader Sangramjit Chatterjee and today before the court the stage managed case fell apart and the strike participants including Chatterjee got bail after 48 hours. After his release , the former student leader turned CITU activist said that not only in Kolkata , but in the districts too false cases has been given and workers has been falsely arrested by the police .
CITU State President Subhas Mukherjee threatened of more agitations if these cases are not withdrawn and said that the TMC Supremo and CM Mamata Banerjee and her police is helping the TMC hooligans who in many places are not allowing the strike participants to join work ,after the strike. In many places the workers has threatened of prolonged strike if the TMC and Police ‘s attrocity on workers and their rights ,continues.
The leaders of the Ten Central Trade Unions in Kolkata has also univocally condemned the barrage of lies initiated by the State s Chief Minister against the strike participants , and has said that this role of the Chief Minister will cost her dearly , in the next elections. Under no circumstances can the police and TMC and BJP led ruling class can bow down the workers and curtail their rights, “All attempts made in this regard will be boldly thwarted by the working class people of the country”, they said in Kolkata , after joining the huge march.