ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Guerillas of Calcutta

moves against police repression and highhandedness. But, most effectively, however, these alleged Naxalites have served the DESPITE the imposition of the modified PD Act and large scale arrests, on average three to four people are dying every day in Calcutta city and its surroundings as a result of police firings and Naxalite actions against CPI(M) cadres, policemen, businessmen and government officials. According to Government statistics, 178 people have so far died since last April as a result of political conflicts. Many of the acts of violence are taking place in broad daylight, in the presence of large numbers of witnesses. An off-duty policeman travelling with his wife in a rickshaw was dragged out of the vehicle and stabbed to death in a crowded street, in front of his wife and scores of people; but no one came forward either to protect the victim during the attack or to identify the assassins afterwards. In one case a school teacher, the wife of a well known trade union leader, was stabbed inside her school; but in this case the other women teachers and the young grils tried their best, though unsuccessfully, to save her from being attacked and were severely manhandled by the attackers. In another incident alleged Naxalites entered the premises of a suburban college and killed a student in the presence of literally hundreds of students. In this instance the assassins were caught and beaten to death by the students. These are but a few random examples of the kind of things happening in Calcutta.

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