KOLKATA, 26 OCT: The victims of clashes in Kulipara will be compensated by the state government, said the Bidhannagar SDO, Mr Ashok Das, after the all-party peace meet held at Mayukh Bhavan in Salt Lake today.
The leaders of Trinamul Congress had, however, kept away from the meeting stating that until the accused are arrested, they will not participate in any talks with the administration.
Two people ~ Balai Mondal and Deepak Mondal ~ were killed during the clashes in Kulipara that broke out after the Trinamul supporters were allegedly stopped from participating in the immersion of a Durga idol. While Balai Mandol was killed on 19 October, Deepak Mondal’s body was fished out of a bheri near Bhangar. During the agitation, 17 houses of CPI-M supporters were vandalised and one of them was set on fire.
The SDO said that officials will soon visit the area to assess the damage and fix compensation to be provided to the victims. He also said that for the next 15 days no political meeting, rally or gathering will be allowed in the area. On 29 October, five leaders from each party will take part in a peace walk in Salt Lake.
It should be noted that the Union minister of state for shipping, Mr Mukul Roy, had earlier said that the wife of Balai Mondal would be given a job at the Bidhannagar Municipality.
Mr Sabyasachi Dutta, vice-chairman of the Bidhannagar Municipality, reiterated today that the police are sheltering the accused ~ Praful Mondal and Dom Mondal. He said: “The SDO held a one-party meet today. The BJP and Congress have no stand of their own and the administration is favouring CPI-M.” On the order barring political meets, Mr Dutta said that no law is above the people and if needed, the party will certainly stand for those who are being victimised. Referring to police camp running on hooked electricity, Mr Dutta said: “Police are is engaged in unlawful activities. Expecting any solution from them is impractical.”