Bhangar leaders vow to intensify protest against power grid
December 3, 2019 by admin
After the release of two key leaders of the agitation against the project to establish a power grid at Bhangar in South 24 Paraganas, the agitators have said they will intensify the protest next week. Sarmistha Chowdhury and Pradeep Singh Thakur, charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, were freed on Tuesday after they were granted bail by the Calcutta High Court. Both belong to the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Red Star. “The agitation will become stronger in future,” Ms. Chowdhury told journalists after she came out of the Alipore jail.Leaders of the Jomi, Jibika, Bastutantra O Poribesh Raksha Committee (Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood, Ecology and Environment), which is spearheading the agitation in Bhangar, said the release of Ms. Chowdhury and Mr. Thakur was a boost to the stir. “We will intensify it from next week with rallies and demonstrations,” they said. Violence erupted again in Bhangar after a TMC leader was shot dead on Sunday. Bhangar has been tense for the past couple of months after the villagers started the protest. On January 18, two persons were shot dead during a clash between the agitators and the police.
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