Unemployed For 25 Years, Sirazul Knocks At CM’s Door


Kolkata: Sirazul Islam who had lost his job 25 years ago for trying to help Mamata Banerjee has sought for the CM’s help to get him a job and save him and his family.

The year was 1993. The then Youth Congress leader Mamata Banerjee had called for a march towards the Writers Building. On July 21, the police had stopped the rally at the Brabourne road. The police resorted to lathi-charge leaving Mamata Banerjee injured.

Nirmal Biswas,the then Superintendent of Police (SI) , Seargent Pradip Sarkar and constable Sirazul Islam strongly protested the unprovoked lathi-charge. Sirazul Islam had also pointed his gun at a top official at the place of the incident.

These actions were enough for these police officers to lose their jobs. After fighting legally for 18 long years, Nirmal was returned back his job. Sergent Pradip Sarkar had to take retirement without any promotion.

Constable Sirazul’s service was terminated in 1996. He did file a case in the High Court but had to eventually stop the fight due to lack of money.

Sirazul’s last hope is Mamata Banerjee who is now the chief minister. He is a TMC supporter and had been TMC’s booth president. He has been opposed to the CPM for a long time.

A disappointed Sirazul said that his job was never returned. 25 years later, he wishes to work in the CM’s security department if given a chance. He has rested his last hopes on the CM.

Now a ferryman, Sirazul ferries groceries on his bicycle. He lives in North 24 Parganas’ Gobardanga Ichapur Bhadrabhanga village with his parents and a brother and sister.

Firhad Hakim, minister for Urban Development and the Minister for Municipal Affairs, has given Sirazul hopes and has asked him to be present at the state secretariat on Monday.