Kolkata: CPM central committee member Sujan Chakraborty was detained by New Town police on Tuesday evening. After an hours he released from the police station.
It was inauguration day of ‘Aahare Bangla’ on Tuesday where he was detained for protesting. Sujan and members of the party got involved in a scuffle with the police.
Sujan refused to get into the police vehicle. Police tried to forcefully board him into the vehicle. On this, Sujan shouted, “Is this called democracy?”
The protesters were holding placards against the food festival. The placards read “when people in the Jangalmahal belt are dying of starvation, this government organises Ahare Bangla.”
A large police force swung into action and put Chakraborty into a vehicle and took him to New Town police station.
The CPI(M) leader was heard shouting, “This government is holding food festival in the city and wasting crores even as tribals are dying of starvation at Jangal Mahal belt in West Midnapore. Shame with them.”
Last week, media reports had suggested that seven people of Sabar community, in Junglemahal area of Jhargram district, have died due to starvation.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday refuted the reports as “fabricated” and said the deaths either resulted from “age-related ailments” or “excessive liquor consumption”.