Monday, June 6, 2011

The state of affairs in West Bengal

WORKERS.A-2/95,Manishinath Bhawan,Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-110 027 011-2510 5324: Mobile: 98110

Dear Comrade,

As you must have been informed by the West Bengal Comrades that ever
since the election results were announced, a reign of terror has been
unleashed by the activists of TMC party against the leaders and
activists of various Trade Unions, which are not affiliated to INTTUC.
We have now been informed by the W,B, State Unit of Confederation
that such an attack was planned and executed in the CPWD, whose office
is located at Nizam Palace premises at Kolkata.

CPWD Workers Union is affiliated to Confederation and the Eastern
Regional Unit functions under the W.B. State Committee of
Confederation. On 2nd June 2011, one of the activists of the Union was
beaten up by a gang led by the leader of CPWD Mazdoor Union, an
affiliate of the "Indian National Trinumal Trade Union Congress" for
his alleged refusal to switch allegiance from Workers Union to Mazdoor
Union under intimidation. In order to register the protest against
the attrocious behavior, the State Committee of Confederation called
upon the employees working in that Building to hold demonstration
during lunch recess on 3rd. Even before the employees could be
assembled, the Mazdoor Union activists with the assistance of
outsiders and armed with Iron rods, bamboo sticks etc. attacked the
Comrades, who were making arrangements for the meeting. Even the
Pensioners who had come to that building were not spread. All of then
were brutally beaten up. Over 14 Comrades were to be removed to
hospital having suffered head injuries. Com. Swaraj Kumar Kar, the
Regional Secretary of the CPWD Workers Union was dragged to a solitary
room and was brutally beaten up that he is struggling for his life at
this hospital.

Intimidated, our Comrades sent SOS to Com. Pijush Roy, General
Secretary of the State Committee of Confederation and the Organising
Secretary at CHQ., who rushed to the spot. On his arrival, the
comrades in the building re-assembled, which triggered another
dastardly attack by the Trinamool union activists. Com.Pijush Roy and
others were beaten up, the police being silent spectators, perhaps
under orders to be so. Only when they sensed that Com. Swaraj Kumar
Kar might become a martyr, they swung into operation to rescue him
from the murderous attack.

Our comrades could not even file the FIR as they were not even
permitted to enter the police station. Instead they were charged for
rioting. It is ironically stated that in India, police charges the
complainant as the accused so that nobody should have the courage to
enter a police station premises.

The State Committee of the Confederation have rightly called upon its
affiliates to organize protest demonstration all over West Bengal The
employees and all right thinking people will object to this reign of

Unchecked , this will embolden them to go ahead with the annihilation
and the subversion of democracy. therefore appeal all our affiliates
and State COCs to organize protest demonstration in front of all
offices immediately on seeing the Cricular letter on our website and
send the following telegrams/savingrams, fax to the Hon`ble Prime

Central Govt. employees working in the …………………………..(Name of the
Station) deplores the dastardly attack on our colleagues and
activists of Pensioners Association at Nizam Palaces, Kolkata on 3rd
June 2011 and condemn the Police inaction. The forceful
closure/capturing the Union Officrs will be repulsed. Solicit your
kind intervention to maintain law and order in the State of West

With greetings,

Yours fraternally
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General