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What Were Their Faults


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What Were Their Faults

  2. 2. ‘HE WAS AN ENEMY OF THE POOR.’ THIS WAS HIS PUNISHMENT He is Baneswar Murmu. A tribal daily wage earner. Killed on September 9, 2009, by Maoists – TMC cadres.
  3. 3. 4 YEAR OLD SUMANA MANDI WAS ALSO AN ENEMY Four year old Sumana Mandi had just learnt to write her name. On February 17, 2009, she was listening to fairy tales told by her mother Jharna Mandi. The ‘liberators’ and ‘ushers of change’ came and poured kerosene on them setting the mother and child on fire. Sumana and Jharna were burnt alive. Their only crime was that they are the family members of Loncho Mandi, a CPI(M) worker.
  4. 4. He was taught the lesson. So were his students, all 6 - 10 years old. Karamchand Singh was the headmaster in a primary school at Simulpal in a heavily forested area of Belpahari in Paschim Medinipur. A noted chhau-dance performer, he was dragged by the ‘liberators’ from his chair, shot, and his head was smashed with a stone in front of his students on February 22, 2008.
  5. 5. Ramkrishna Duley, 52, was a peasant in Bankura. On August 15, 2009 was returning home from his field in the afternoon when two men cycled up to him on a dirt road and opened fire. Duley was killed 500 metres from his home in Sarenga. Perhaps his punishment was not enough. Ranjit Duley, on March 5, 2009, Ramkrishna’s brother and the headmaster of local Shibram Satpathy School was abducted from the school compound by PCPA activists in front of his students. He was released after five days. Ranjit and Ramkrishna’r crime – Supporting CPI(M).
  6. 6. Dead bodies of tribal villagers butchered and kept in open for 5 days without allowing disposal in June 2009. Their relatives were not allowed to come near or touch the bodies. The Maoists and TMC workers danced and sang around the bodies.
  7. 7. All of them paid the price of supporting CPI(M).
  8. 8. ‘Winds of Change’? No condemnation, no disapproval were heard when one after another CPI(M) office were burnt, ransacked by TMC supporters in Purbo Medinipur. Thousands fled. As media and the civil society remained mute spectators to the hooliganism, TMC MP Subhendu Adhikary, the comander of the violence declared, “We will not allow Red flag in Purbo Medinipur”.
  9. 9. • Since January 2009, over 300 CPI(M) supporters were killed. • Among them were teachers, students, children, women. • Most of them are tribal, followed by minorities. • All of them belong to the weaker section.
  10. 10. No. There was no candle light vigil for them. No condemnation. No outcry. No silent march. Instead……
  11. 11. Think Again. Is this the ‘future ‘ you want? Is this the ‘change’ you want?