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Bandh to observe the death anniversary of NAXAL founder peaceful July 29, 2005

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Bandh shuts down Siliguri

Statesman News Service

Siliguri, 28 July. — The strike called by Naxalites to observe the death anniversary of their leader Charu Mazumdar passed off peacefully today.
This strike which is observed every year on this day since the past 32 years is probably the only one of its kind in India.
Charu Mazumdar, Saroj Dutta, and Mr Kanu Sanyal were among those daring leaders who started the Naxalite movement from Naxalbari, under Siliguri Mahakuma, in the early 60s to fight for the rights of the poor farmers and tea garden workers.
Charu Mazumdar, who was the then all India general secretary of CPI- ML, was arrested by the Lalbazar police on 16
July 1972 as his party was underground and the government had put ban on it. Saroj Dutta, the party’s state general secretary, was also arrested in August 1971.
Recalling the events of that year, Mr Abhijit Mazumdar, son of Charu Mazumdar who is also the Darjeeling district secretary of CPI-ML- Liberation, told The Statesman that his father was a severe heart patient.
He alleged that the jail authorities and the then Congress led state government had killed his father inside the jail by withdrawing his daily medicine requirements.
Charu Mazumdar had never been produced before the court and died inside the jail on 28 July 1972. From the year following his death, the party supporters decided to call a strike on July 28 every year.
Mr Mazumdar said that he along with Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) had filed a writ petition in 1998 at Calcutta High Court to take legal steps against those who had been responsible for Mr Mazumdar’s death.
The High Court and later the Supreme Court, however, ignored the case. According to Mr Abhijit, the police firing at Maidan, Kolkatta, also killed Saroj Dutta.
Today’s twelve-hour general strike in Siliguri Mahakuma called by CPI-ML New Democracy and supported by CPI -ML Mr Mahadev Mukherjee group and CPI -ML 2nd CC group passed off peacefully. The CPI-ML Liberation however neither supported the strike nor protested against it.
Security was tightened in Siliguri town and its outskirts The Siliguri police arrested some 25 protestors, along with Mr Sridhar Mukherjee, the secretary of CPI (ML) New Democracy, from Hill Cart road near Air View More who were later released on PR bond.



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Two naxals arrested, arms seized

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Two directional mines, three claymore mines recovered

NALGONDA: The Nalgonda police arrested two naxalites of the Communist Party of India (Maoist)’s Kanagal dalam — Kambhampati Mallaiah alias Ramu (30) and Kongala Siddiah alias Ramesh (20) — at China Adisarpally under Devarakonda police station limits on Saturday. Two powerful directional mines of 10 kgs each, three claymore mines, a tapancha and kit bags were recovered from their possession. The Superintendent of Police, M.M.Bhagwat, told reporters to night that for the first time a rope meant to use to burn petrol bunks had also been recovered from the duo. The commander of the dalam, Boda Sailu alias Kurmaiah and another naxal, Kishan, managed to escape from the scene. They chalked out a plan to burn petrol bunks, torch RTC buses and telephone exchanges and destroy brandy shopson Sagar road to mark the martyrs’ week celebrations that started on July 28. Mallaiah allegedly participated in the robbery at the State Bank of India’s Gudipally branch.

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2. somnath - October 27, 2008

we red salute charu mujumdar

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