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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 23 January: ALL India general secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Red Star, K N Ramachandran, has gone missing after arriving by a train in Howrah around 05 pm yesterday.

Announcing this in a Press release today, the central committee of his party has stated that it suspected the involvement of West Bengal police in Ramachandran going missing.

The party has moved a petition to the President of India demanding immediate release of their general secretary; copies of the petition have been marked to the Prime Minister and the National Human Rights Commission.

CPI (ML) Red Star has been instrumental in mobilising the villagers at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas who are agitating against the setting up of a power transmission station on farmland. Ramachandran travelled from Lucknow to Howrah to express solidarity with the villagers at Bhangar and his associates of the CPI (ML) Red Star.

Stating that all attempts to contact the septuagenarian over his mobile phone have failed, the party central committee said that it suspected the involvement of “Mamata’s notorious Special Police in comrade’s missing.” It has demanded to the Mamata Banerjee led state government “to unconditionally produce Com KN Ramachandran immediately.”

CPI-ML (Liberation) state secretary Partha Ghosh has condemned the role of Kolkata Police in the case so far and has demanded a high-level inquiry into the senior Naxal leader going missing.

It may be noted that CPI (ML) Red Star leaders Alik Chakraborty, Sharmistha Chowdhury and Pradip Singh Thakur have been camping at Bhangar for the past few days and have been holding public meeting with villagers in support the agitation against the power transmission station.