The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Trinamul Congress-Congress alliance backed by the Maoists has unleashed a vicious campaign of terror and violence against the cadres and workers of the CPI(M) after the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections.
In the month of March upto now eight cadres and activists of the CPI(M) have been brutally killed in various parts of West Bengal. Five comrades were killed on a single day, March 18, in four separate incidents.
Sohrab Dewan in Raina and Bejoy Sahu in Titagarh of Burdwan district were killed by Trimanul goons.
Gopal Mandal, Local Committee Secretary in East Behrampur, Murshidabad was killed by Congress miscreants
Durga Deshwali, Local Committee member of the Party and Santosh Mahato in Belpahari in West Midnapore district were shot dead by a Maoist gang.
On March 17, Ansar Ali was killed by TMC goons at village Patiram. On the same day, the body of Himadri Patra, a staunch CPI(M) worker who had been kidnapped, was found.
On March 12, Saiyad Ali Bhuinya, Zonal Committee member of the CPI(M) was shot dead by Trinamul goons in Bankura.
These killings were preceded by seven murders of CPI(M) workers and their family members in the month of February.
These targetted assassinations of CPI(M) cadres is part of a nefarious design by the Trinamul Congress and its Maoist collaborators to create terror and disrupt the CPI(M) and Left Front's election campaign and to intimidate their supporters.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) denounces this violence resorted to by the anti-Left opposition. The CPI(M) appeals to all democratic forces to condemn these brutal attacks. The people of West Bengal will not be cowed down by such violent tactics.