Left volunteers on clean-up drive after rally

February 9th, 2009 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 9 (IANS) The volunteers of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Monday started a clean-up drive at the brigade parade ground here - the only green lung of the city that turned into a sea of litter after a Left Front (LF) rally a day earlier.

The officials of the Eastern Army Command, that own the ground, are satisfied by the initiative of the Left party.

“We are, so far, satisfied with the initiative launched by the party cadres to clean up the entire brigade parade ground. But it’s a vast area and they’ve to clean the entire ground,” ministry of defence spokesperson Group Captain R.K. Das said.

He said that some environmental guidelines were violated by the LF activists during Sunday’s rally as some people lit fires and set up earthen ovens on the ground.

“Some cars were parked within the three km area of the brigade ground, which is also against the court guidelines,” Das said, adding the army will look into the matter later.

In September last year, the Calcutta High Court had issued an order banning any form of fire within three-km from Victoria Memorial, which is adjacent to the Brigade Ground, besides disallowing parking of vehicles on the ground.

Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court Monday issued a notice to the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the youth arm of the CPI-M, for violating court guidelines while holding a rally at the brigade ground Dec 20.

The court has asked for clarification from the party within next four weeks.

The directive came after green activist Subhas Dutta moved the court last December after a DYFI rally damaged the grounds.

“The court has also asked me to file a new petition on the fresh violation of the environmental guidelines that took place at brigade ground during Sunday’s LF rally,” Dutta said.

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