Maoists call two-day Bengal shutdown to protest arrest
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 05, 2010, 21:54
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 political organisation.

"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 district.

Akash himself gave the STF the slip after learning of the arrests from television reports.


First Published: Sunday, December 05, 2010, 21:54

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