Kolkata: The CPI (Maoist) on Sunday called a
two-day shutdown all over West Bengal starting from December
eight to protest against the arrest of its central committee
member Kanchan and four other leaders yesterday.
A top Maoist leader and member of the state committee,
Akash, said the shutdown was a protest against the arrest of
the leaders which amounted to an interference by the
government in the freedom of expression of a legitimate
"We are not a terrorist organisation. We are a political
organisation and hence we enjoy freedom of expression. But the
arrest of Kanchan and three others by the government are an
infringment of our right to express free opinion," Akash said to a news agency.
He demanded unconditional release of all imprisoned
CPI (Maoist) leaders.
Akash`s wife Kalpana Maity alias Anu was one of the four
Maoist leaders who were arrested by the sleuths of the Special
Task Force yesterday from the city and neighbouring Howrah
Akash himself gave the STF the slip after learning of the
arrests from television reports.