Strongly Condemn The Arrest Of
Coms Sunil Roy, Patit Pavan Haldar & Others
Immediate & Unconditional Release
On May 21st
senior Politburo member comrade Sunil Roy (Ashok/Shome/Barunda) was
arrested from a street in Kolkata along with com. Haldar (Tapas), CC
member and secretary of the West Bengal State Committee of the Party.
The CPM-led government of West Bengal has acted with the utmost
viciousness against the newly formed CPI(Maoist) in line with the
policies of the Central Home ministry. The arrests were followed up with
a series of other arrests using their intelligence network against the
Maoist movement. This has also been followed by harassment of many
sympathisers and ordinary democrats and the foisting of false cases.
Their actions do not at all differ from that of the Congress, BJP or
even the TDP when it was in power. Not only that, false cases have been
foisted on the comrades, including com. Shome.
Shome was arrested in Kolkota, cases have been foisted in Midnapur,
Jharkhand, etc on him and he is being produced in Midnapur courts.
Though the two comrades were arrested on May 21st they were produced in
court only on May 24th. The ruthless CPM rulers, unmindful of his frail
health and age, have been repeatedly putting him in police custody and
subjecting him to harassment. Not even his medicines are being supplied
to him. Though he is a senior and veteran communist revolutionary he is
being treated like an ordinary criminal by CPM Government.
is one of the founding members of the MCCI and had played the leading
role as the Secretary of the Party after the martyrdom of Comrade Kanai
Chatterjee in 1982 until 1996. He stepped down from secretaryship due to
serious health problems. His vision was affected after he lost one eye
due to a cataract operation. However, in spite of his serious
ill-health, comrade Shome continued to play a very important role in the
MCCI, participated as a leading member of the high-level delegation in
the entire merger process between the MCCI and the CPI(ML)[people’s war]
and became the member of the new Politburo after the formation of the
CPI(Maoist) Party in September 2004. In the new Party, he bore a great
share of the work of the CC and PB in spite of serious health problems
It is clear
that the reactionary ruling classes of India, with the assistance and
blessings of the imperialists, have been drawing up meticulous plans to
arrest or eliminate the leadership of the newly-formed CPI(Maoist) party
and the advancing people’s war led by it. Accordingly, special
intelligence agencies and networks have been set up Centrally, similar
to the SIB of AP, and in most of the states where our Party is active.
The CPM-led government of West Bengal, under the leadership of the Chief
Minister cum Home Minister, Buddhadev is as brutal as the Congress/BJP,
but acts more cunningly.
ruling classes, whichever the Party in power, is implementing all the
policies of "economic reforms", which is having a disastrous impact on
the living conditions of the people. These imperialist demons and their
Indian agents know full well that it is only the CPI(Maoist) that can
lead the people in effective battle against the bloodsuckers. It is due
to this fear and panic to protect their ill-gotten wealth that they seek
to brutally crush this rising force. It is hardly nine months since the
new party was announced and in that short period they made the Maoists
their number one enemy and have taken systematic and aggressive steps to
crush it. In this all the parliamentary parties are collaborators, with
the CPM playing an active role. They seek to hide their black deeds
behind their Marxist mask.
There is no
doubt that such repressive measures will only intensify the
revolutionary movement as people’s anger against the rulers will
intensify. History of earlier movements has shown that repression begets
must realize that an attack on the revolutionaries is an attack on the
democratic movement in general. Today it may be the revolutionaries
tomorrow it will be others. We have already seen the ruthlessness
adopted in crushing peasant, trade union and other movements. All
democratic and revolutionary forces should rally around to fight back
these ruthless attacks on the revolutionaries and demand the immediate
and unconditional release of comrades Shome, Tapan and others.
of India (Maoist)
June 6, 2005