Attacks on cadre part of wider game plan: CPI(M)

It is aimed at weakening party in West Bengal: CPI(M)
“Maoists have created a zone of terror in Lalgarh”

NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday said the attack against its workers and sympathisers in West Bengal was part of a “wider game plan” by powerful vested interests to weaken and destroy the party in its main base.
The party said these incidents were also an attack on the basic norms of democracy and must be a matter of concern to all democratic-minded citizens.
“Utilising the electoral setback of the CPI(M), armed gangs led in the main, by the Trinamool Congress, have burnt and vandalised houses of comrades and party offices, and like in Khejuri and other parts of East Midnapore, forcibly driven out hundreds of sympathisers and members from their homes unleashing a reign of terror,” the Central Committee said here.
The committee, which began its two-day meeting to review the poll debacle, also condemned “in the strongest possible terms,” the violence and terror against its cadre and supporters in different parts of the State.
It noted that since March this year, 53 members had been killed.
The Maoist gangs, with the direct and indirect backing of the Trinamool, had created a zone of terror in Lalgarh.
“In one terrible instance, in Lalgarh the body of a comrade was kept in the open for three days and his family was not allowed to cremate it. In Burdwan district, a veteran district committee leader and chairman of the Electricity Standing Committee of the Zilla Parishad, Falguni Mukherjee, was shot dead from point blank range,”
The Central Committee supported the efforts by the Left Front government to free the area from Maoist gangs and to ensure the rule of law, while taking all steps to re-establish links with the poor tribals living in the area.
The party asked it units in the country to launch a powerful campaign in solidarity with the comrades in West Bengal against the politics of terror unleashed by the Trinamool-led alliance as well as against the Maoist gangs.