End violence in West Bengal, says CITU

May 27th, 2011 - 7:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) Friday said 12 people had been killed in West Bengal “in politically sponsored violence” by the newly elected Trinamool Congress (TMC).

A meeting of the CITU Secretariat here May 26-27 “expressed grave concern over the continuous violence engineered by hoodlums … on trade unions and other mass organisations” following the Marxist rout in elections.

It said that since May 13, when the Trinamool defeated the Left Front in elections, 12 people had been killed in violence unleashed by the Trinamool and its junior ally, the Congress.

“Reports of physical assaults on the leaders, activists and even members of trade unions and other organisations … and forcing workers to leave CITU and join TMC-led trade unions are pouring in every day,” it said.

The CITU is the trade union wing affiliated to the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), which ruled West Bengal for 34 long years until its electoral defeat in May this year.

The CITU alleged “violent capturing of CITU affiliated union offices by armed goons; tearing off CITU flags, posters, placards, festoons, banners; ransacking of CITU offices.

“In many places, employers also joined the armed goons in intimidating and forcing to leave the CITU union,” it said.

The CITU called upon the state government to end “such continuing politically sponsored violence and atrocities on trade unions, workers and common people throughout the state”.

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