The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India ( Marxist) expresses its deep anguish and grief over the murder of two young comrades in West Bengal at the hands of the criminals attached to the TMC.

On June 22, a very young comrade Tajimul Karim was killed mercilessly in Amdanga in the North 24 Parganas district. During the same night another comrade was killed in a chillingly brutal fashion as a result of shooting at point blank range, Nizamuddin Mandal in Mathurapur in South 24 Parganas district. Tajimul Karim, an active worker of the Party, had been forced to live away from his home for quite a long time facing murderous threats. In the wake of the Lok Sabha election results violence he had returned to his home. Nizamuddin also played an important role during the electoral battle and was the polling agent of CPI(M).

Clearly, the TMC has not drawn any lessons from the widespread opposition to their politics of violence and this continues unabated against the CPIM) and the Left. Though the pattern is familiar, the obnoxious behavior of the administration continues and there is clear complicity of the administration in denying justice and refusal to book the culprits.

Such violence against the Left, however, does not ‘merit’ any coverage by the mainstream media which promotes a colored narrative of showing the overall breakdown of law and order and rampant violence in the state enacted by, both TMC and BJP. This narrative is only to reinforce the perception that politics revolves around these two forces.

The Polit Bureau extends its condolences and sympathy to the families of these two martyrs and expresses the resolve that the Party will do everything possible to help in overcoming their grief.

The PB categorically demands that all those who are involved in this heinous crime must be brought to justice at the earliest.

(Hari Singh Kang)

For CPI(M) Central Committee Office