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Locals Angry Over Mamata Banerjee's Remarks, Said 'No' To Politics

2015-03-17 22:54

'Amra Akranata' representative Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra visited the convent. Picture By ABHI GHOSH


Ranaghat, March 17: Residents of Don Bosco para in Ranaghat where Convent of Jesus and Mary High School is located appeared to be shocked witnessing chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s behavior on Monday evening. The locals today expressed their anger over her remarks against their march which she branded as ‘conspiracy’ of the CPM and the BJP. Mamata on yesterday said that the outburst of the locals was not ‘spontaneous’.

As a mark of protest, around 20 shops in the locality observed a bandh on Tuesday.

However, a few hundred locals, students and their guardians as well as former students of the convent of Jesus and Mary assembled in front of the school on Tuesday.

The former students planned a protest march today against chief minister aggressive gesture, but it was called off because of a procession announced by the Trinamul Congress.

A student said: “It is quite unfortunate that the chief minister has already branded us CPM and BJP, so we are afraid that Trinamul supports might threaten us. So we called of the march. We will held meetings later to decide our next action”

The students later decided that they would allow no political influence in their protest.

"We would like to make it categorically clear to all concerned that our movement is exclusively by the students and their guardians. We will allow only local residents and former students. No political interference will be allowed in this movement”, a senior student said.

Helen Roy, a non teaching staff of a local school said: “Mamata Banerjee’s remarks shocked us. We feel sad and angry at the same time that a genuine protest against a ghastly crime and demand for action by police could invite such comments from a chief minister,"

Meanwhile, students of Jadavpur University and Presidency University who had participated in the "hok kolorob” protest last year arrived at Ranaghat today to express solidarity with the students and guardians of Convent of Jesus and Mary High School. However, these students refused to speak to newsmen.

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