A file photo from Bhangar Agitation.
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Diamond Harbour: The arrest of Naxal leader Alik Chakraborty has ignited the fire of agitation at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas afresh.

Chakraborty, the leader of the anti-power station Bhangar Agitation, was arrested from Bhubaneswar in Odisha yesterday afternoon where he had gone for treatment.

After the news of his arrest reached, villagers in different parts of Bhangar took out torch rallies till late last night.

Today morning the agitation took a new turn with the nearly 5-km stretch of the Haroa Road being blocked by the villagers in as many as five locations. They have placed tree logs, bricks, tin-sheets, etc. blocking the road right from Bagdoba to Shyamnagar.

The anti-power station body, which is mobilising the villages, is claiming that Chakraborty was arrested when he was availing treatment at the Kalinga Hospital in Bhubaneswar. This contradicts the Bengal police’s version that the CPI-ML Red Star leader was arrested after he stepped out of the hospital.

The agitating villagers at Bhangar’s Machhibhanga and Khmarait areas are demanding an unconditional release of Chakraborty at the earliest. They are saying that the blockades and protest rallies will continue till Chakraborty is released by the police.

Apart from the road blockades by the villagers, several Communist leaders today took part in a rally at Bhangar demanding the release of Chakraborty. The rally was organised under the banner of the Jami O Jibon Jeevika Bachao Committee. CPI-M leaders Shyamal Chakraborty, Bharati Mutsuddi, and PDS leader Samir Puttundu were among those who participated in the rally.

Meanwhile, the Bengal police today produced Chakraborty in a court at Bhubaneswar and managed to secure a four-day transit remand for him.

Police sources said that the Naxal leader, against whom several cases are pending under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), will be flown to Kolkata tonight itself. Subsequently, he will be produced at the Baruipur sub-divisional court in south 24-Parganas either on Saturday or Sunday.

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