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In Photo: CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechuri addressing the SFI state conference at Mathurapur in South 24-Parganas on Friday. Photo courtesy: CPI-M 

Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 02 October: CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechuri has said that the party would move separate complaints to the national and state human rights panel in Bengal against the brutal lathicharge on a Left protest march in Kolkata on Thursday.

The Left parties have also served a memorandum to Bengal Governor K N Tripathi demanding the removal of Kolkata Police commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha and have called for a protest rally in Kolkata on Monday 5 October.

In all, 32 Left workers were injured in the Thursday evening lathicharge at Bentinck Street and Ganesh Chandra Avenue in central Kolkata. One of them, Biswanath Kundu, is admitted to the intensive care unit of a private nursing home at Mukundapur, E M Bypass in the city.

“The police brutality that Kolkata streets have witnessed on Thursday is unprecedented and the cops acted like armed goons. We will move separate complaints to the national human rights commission in Delhi and the Bengal state human rights commission over the issue,” Yechuri said on the side-lines of the Bengal state conference of the CPI-M’s student wing at Mathurapur in South 24-Parganas district on Friday.

Kolkata Police on the other hand maintained that the cops had exerted “very minimal force” on Thursday and the police action was proportionate to the lobbing of rotten eggs, bricks and use of lathis by the Left rallyists at the police.

“We used as minimum force as we could and this was only after the Left workers turned unruly putting the lives of common people in danger,” joint commissioner of police (headquarters) Rajiv Mishra told a news conference at Lalabazar police headquarters on Friday.

Special commissioner Soumen Mitra even maintained that the Left supporter Biswanath Kundu, who is in ICU in a critical condition, had sustained injury after he fell at his house and not due to police lathicharge.

But Kundu’s elder brother Shambhu Kundu confirmed that he was injured in police attack at the Left protest march. The elder brother has lodged an FIR against the police at the Hare Street police station for the attack on his younger sibling.