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By A Newsman
Siliguri, 09 August: CONGRESS has called a 12-hour West Bengal bandh on 20 August, Thursday, to protest the killing of its student activist at Sabang College in West Midnapore allegedly by Trinamul Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) workers.
Bengal Pradesh Congress president, Adhir Ranjan Choudhury, has also dared Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to order a CBI probe into the incident.
Krishna Prasad Jana, a third year under graduate student at Sabang College and an activist of the Congress student wing, Chhatra Parishad, was beaten up allegedly by rival TMCP workers inside the college campus on 7 August. He succumbed to injuries on being taken to a local hospital.
Mr Choudhury has urged all sections of people in the state to join the 20 August bandh to register their protest against what he termed as “hooliganism and lawlessness perpetrated by the ruling Trinamul Congress.”
“It’s quite shocking that the police super of West Midnapore, Bharati Ghosh, is giving clean chit to the accused TMCP workers despite the presence of incriminating CCTV footage. Ghosh is speaking the voice of a ruling party cadre; this is outrageous,” he told a Press conference in Siliguri today morning.
West Midnapore SP Ms Ghosh told reporters in the aftermath of the incident that the six TMCP activists named in the FIR and those arrested by the police “were not seen in the college’s CCTV footage with batons or any other arms or being involved in a clash” on 7 August.
Congress is also accusing the Trinamool led state government of discriminating people on political lines while distributing relief materials to flood victims and “sheltering criminals throughout the state.”