Monday, February 7, 2011

Author condemns political violence in West Bengal

Kolkata, Jan 25  Eminent Bengali author Atin Bandopadhyay Tuesday condemned the present spurt in political violence in West Bengal in the presence of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattachajee at the inauguration of the 35th Kolkata Book Fair here.

Speaking on the occasion, Bandopadhyay said: 'Kolkata Book Fair is our pride. It is now an internationally acclaimed book fair. But on this occasion I must say that we cannot tolerate the present spurt of political violence in West Bengal.'

'Violence cannot continue. Political violence and atrocities should be stopped, arms have to be seized,' he added.

In an oblique reference to the Netai massacre, the author said: 'There are killings going on in our state, still we are organising a Book Fair.'

The chief minister was present on the dais when Bandopadhyaya made this comment.

Nine people were killed and 17 others were injured in Netai village near Lalgarh police station in West Midnapore when alleged Communist Party of India-Marxist cadres opened fire on them.

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