The desperate effort of CPI(M) and BJP leaders to derive political mileage out of the tragic Kamduni incident demanding maximum punishment of the accused turned fruitless as the City Sessions Court held six of the accused guilty.
Members of the women wing of the CPI(M) led by Ramola Chakraborty agitated outside the court demanding maximum punishment of the accused. The supporters had also decided to start larger movement in case the victim’s family members do not get justice.
But with the victim’s family members expressing their satisfaction with the verdict, the attempt of CPI(M) bore no result. Though the victim’s family members stated that it would have been better if two of the nine accused were not acquitted, they are happy as six others were convicted. Initially they sought slogans. Later they settled in a place inside the premises till the verdict was out.
BJP leader Locket Chatterjee too was present at the court. Unlike, the women wing of the CPI(M), Chatterjee and other BJP supporters accompanying her didn’t stage any demonstration. She left after speaking to some people present there. She also demanded maximum punishment of the accused.
The situation turned worse when DSO supporters initiated a demonstration and they tried to enter the court premises. A scuffle broke out when police tried to stop them. Some DSO supporters allegedly pelted stones at the police leaving a constable injured.
All the entry and exit points of the court were partly closed and police pickets were posted at all the gates.
A villager, who is close to the victim’s family members, too spoke against the political parties who demonstrated outside the court. He said there were several apolitical bodies those helped the victim’s father and family members in different ways. Without naming any political party, he said, “How can a party help us to get justice? The trial in this case is already over. Today the court will give its verdict. So what is the point staging demonstration today?” he said.
BJP MLA Samik Bhattacharya on Thursday visited the Victim’s residence at Kamduni and spoke to her aunt.