Abhishek leads protest against Assam massacre
Kolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party's MP, has demanded an inquiry by the Supreme Court into the brutal killing of five Bengalis in Assam's Tinsukia district on Thursday night.
He was addressing a gathering at Hazra Road intersection on Friday afternoon. The Trinamool Congress organised protest meetings throughout the state, condemning the incident.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee turned her social media DP black in protest and tweeted: "In solidarity, on #ProtestDay to condemn the brutal killings of Bengalis by a State ruled by the #BJP, we are turning our Twitter/FB DPs into black. Street protests throughout #Bengal. Please turn your DP into black for today."
On Thursday night, she had tweeted after news poured in of the brutal killings: "Terrible news coming out of Assam. We strongly condemn the brutal attack in Tinsukia and the killing of Shyamlal Biswas, Ananta Biswas, Abhinash Biswas, Subodh Das. Is this the outcome of recent NRC development. We have no words to express our deep sorrow to the grieving families. The perpetrators must be punished at the very earliest.
"The fifth victim in Tinsukia ... Dhananjay Namashudra.
In protest against the brutal killings in Assam @AITCofficial will organise protest rallies tomorrow (Fri Nov 2) in different parts of north and south Bengal including Siliguri and Kolkata."
Unidentified miscreants gunned down five Bengalis, identified as Subol Das, Shyamal Biswas, Abinash Biswas, Ananta Biswas and Dhananjay Namashudra at Tinshukia on Thursday night. Shyamal, Abinash and Ananta are members of the same family.
Abhishek Banerjee, while addressing the rally, said the CBI has lost its credibility because of the recent incidents and since Ulfa has denied its involvement in the killing, an impartial inquiry by the Supreme Court is required.
Abhishek said the killing of five innocent Bengalis is the inevitable fall out of the BJP's divisive and hate politics.
"BJP is spreading divisive and hate politics throughout the country. It has divided society on the basis of caste, religion and introduced hatred and thus spoiling the social fabric of India."
After the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the Bengalis whose names were not included in the list became scared and taking advantage of the situation, the Ultras carried out the brutal killing.
Abhishek further added that no one should take "our sobriety and tolerance" for granted.
"BJP should not take the Bengalis for granted, if our leader Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructs us, we can stop BJP's movements. But we are tolerant and do not follow the path of violence."
Two processions were taken out simultaneously in South and North Kolkata.
In South Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress leaders including Partha Chatterjee, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Firhad Hakim, Subrata Bakshi took part in the rally that started from 8B Bus Terminus in Jadavpur and ended at Hazra Road intersection where a meeting was held.
In the north, the procession was led by Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay.