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

There was a protest organised against the custodial death of SFI leader Sudipta Gupta, on the occasion of the visit of the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee to the Planning Commission Office on April 9, 2013. In the course of this protest, an incident took place involving the Finance Minister, Amit Mitra. The CPI(M) has disapproved and condemned this incident. The Party will look into how this has happened.

However, on the pretext of this incident, widespread violence has been unleashed against the CPI(M) and the Left in West Bengal. The Polit Bureau strongly condemns the attacks on the CPI(M) and Left parties offices all across West Bengal. Many Party offices have been destroyed and scores of Party cadres and leaders have been injured in these attacks by TMC men.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that the TMC leadership immediately put a stop to these attacks. The state government should take immediate steps to ensure that peace is maintained. A judicial probe into the death of Sudipta Gupta should be ordered without delay.