Monday, January 02, 2006

The Motorbike Brigade

The following article vividly potrays the red terror in the Bengal. Motorcycle brigades roaming the countryside carrying tattered pieces of white linen ( the symobl of Hindu widowhood) as a warning to the wives of the non CPM candidates sounds like scene from a horror movie, but it is a reality in Bengal. This also explains why non left-front parties were unable to put up candidates in a large number of areas in the Panchayat elections. Other points brought out by the article: CPM's student organization SFI and its Youth organization DYFI, vital organs of the CPM terror machine, prevent their opponents from filing nominations by terrorizing them . CPM affiliated goons like hatkata Dilip are released just before elections for the obvious reasons.

A must read, click on the link and read the whole of it.

VOTE FRAUD: West Bengal’s Future At Risk
(The Statesman, May 20,2005)


Come an election, the CPI-M’s “motorbike brigade” patrols the countryside, their leaders send tatters of white linen, symbol of Hindu widowhood, to the contestants’ wives with the tag: “Stop your husband from submitting the nomination paper, or prepare to be his widow”. The CPI-M cadres scare off their opponents with threats of gang-rape of their women. The voters are told to stay away from the polling booths, and leave it to the cadres to stand in for them, “or vote in front of us if you insist”.
The CPI-M’s student wing — the Students’ Federation of India — is said to have over a million members, concentrated in the colleges and universities. The SFI wins numerous students’ union elections unopposed every year, replicating the CPI-M’s victory at the panchayat poll in 2003. D Bandyopadhyay, a former Land Reforms Commissioner, says concerning the panchayat election: “Obviously the figure of 6,800 for 2003 is a gross statistical aberration… This statistically aberrant position tends to substantiate the opposition charge that so many of their candidates were physically prevented from filing nominations”.
In 2003, again, Garhbeta College (West Midnapore), among many others, “required” no election as the opponents of the SFI “had failed” to put up any candidate for the 33 seats. This “failure” puts democracy at risk, for how come, after so many years of CPI-M rule, no students want to oppose its affiliate?
On August 2002, one of its students, Shampa Dasgupta, was arrested. Police suspected this sickly girl to be in touch with the People’s War group, for she had tried to get an idea of the living conditions of poor villagers. After her arrest, the students rushed to join the SFI, fearing that anyone who dared to oppose the “SFI here might be branded a Naxalite and put behind bars like Shampa”.
A newspaper reported: “A grievance cell, recently set up by the college authorities, is flooded with complaints of atrocities and even extortion by the SFI”. A student complained, “The SFI leaders sat next to the cashier inside the office room collecting the subscription of Rs 30 for their fund. When I refused to pay, they shooed me away before I could submit my papers”.
Transport minister, Subhas Chakraborty, came close to admitting that Dilip was released from jail shortly before the last parliamentary poll — but not at his instance. Dilip’s wife, Baisakhi, told newspapermen that it was the CPI-M leaders that had made her husband what he was. They had used him in vote-rigging, extortion, murder and what have you, in their own interest, but chucked him out when he needed their help. “Where is Subhasda now”, she asked, “who promised Dilip all help whenever he needed it? Well, I hate the political leaders, having closely observed them. I am sure Dilip in his condemned cell hates them too. The goons who operate in public suffer: those who manipulate them from behind do not. Isn’t that a shame?”
Take the case of Adikondo Dolui, a “job assistant’’ of the panchayat at Birsachak (Midnapore), who sided with the Mahajot (Grand Alliance) against the CPI-M. When a Mahajot leader was killed in a fracas with the CPI-M, Adikondo, among others of his ilk, joined the CPI-M-led Co-ordination Committee. The “original cadres”, however, continued to bicker with them. After the murder of a leader of the other faction, they targeted Adikondo, who sheltered in a local schoolteacher’s house. He was hounded out, doused with petrol, and set on fire — in front of policemen in uniform. As Adikondo was burning alive, his wife Bijalibala rushed to the spot and cried: “What’s burning there?” A policeman answered: “O, just a dog”.


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