End post-poll violence, Left leaders tell Mamata

The CPM delegation led by Surya Kanta Mishra after meeting Mamata Banerjee

Writers' Buildings today witnessed a role reversal as the Leader of the Opposition and CPM Central Committee member, Surya Kanta Mishra who led an 11-member Left Front delegation to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, urged her to take steps to stop post-poll violence that he said has claimed the lives of 12 Left Front workers.

Later, minister for Commerce and Industry Partha Chatterjee refuted the allegations saying the memorandum the Marxists submitted before the CM was devoid of any substance. He further said the Chief Minister has requested the Left leaders to provide specific instances.

Mishra and his colleagues, after meeting the CM, said besides the killings of 12 Left workers, 425 other persons were injured and more than 1000 party offices have been ransacked and damaged by Trinamool Congress workers.

In all, 7351 persons have been rendered homeless because of the on-going violence in the state.

"Apart from that, in the so-called drives for recovery of illegal arms, guns covered with red clothes are being taken out from ponds or from party offices. It's all farce. Where have the arms come from.? The chief minister assured us the government will act impartially but we see the police are playing a second fiddle to ruling the party. This has to be stopped,'' Mishra said.

Partha Chatterjee, while replying to CPM allegations, said if 12 Marxist cadre were killed, a good number of Trinamool Congress cadre too were also killed and a lot others had been injured. "Every loss of life is pathetic. . But the CM has said law and order would be maintained at all costs and that no political intervention will be allowed at any level."

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