Gangrape & Murder of Tapasi Malik
Moderator's Note: Why did TATAs got Tapasi Malik gang raped and murdered? CNN-IBN reported on Jun 28, 2007 that a CPM leader in Singur, West Bengal, has allegedly confessed to the murder of Tapasi Malik, a 19-year-old girl who was found burnt to death.
Earlier The Statesman reported on 24 June, 2007 that the CBI has arrested Debu Malik, who was detained in connection with the murder of Tapasi Malik in Singur about six months back. Debu was produced in a Delhi court. The CBI had taken Debu to Delhi for a polygraph test, commonly known as the lie detector test, on 21 June, 2007. Debu Malik, a CPI-M Hooghly district committee member, was arrested following the polygraph test. Debu had claimed during questioning that Tapasi was not murdered, but had committed suicide.
Farmers, spearheading the movement to reoccupy their plots acquired for Tata Motor’s small car project at Singur, have decided to launch another agitation, demanding “capital punishment” for Malik.
In an editorial 'Managing monsters-More home truths for the CPI-M' in The Statesman on 30 June, 2007
The most charitable explanation for the long-delayed arrest...still suggests the culprit is no more than a common criminal...It is to Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s 'credit' that he had conceded the demand for a CBI inquiry which has now resulted in a serious embarrassment for his party in the same manner in which he has ordered prompt action against goons who roughed up television reporters in Kolkata....If there is no interference from invisible forces, Tapasi Malik’s family may yet get justice...it passes understanding why the police need to check with higher authorities (read ministers) on how to deal with criminals who take shelter under the red flag. It is equally reprehensible that while the chief minister and, surprisingly, the Left Front chairman produce the safe argument that “the law will take its course’’, party apparatchiks are already suggesting that the man nabbed by the CBI is the “victim of a conspiracy’’....the smaller partners have been effectively silenced after stern warnings from Biman Bose to put Left unity above their conscience...But will justice be done?
CPI-M has unleashed 'state terror' in Bengal: Mamata
IANS[ SUNDAY, JULY 01, 2007]
SINGUR: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said the Buddhadeb Bhattacharya government in West Bengal has unleashed "state terror" to suppress people's resistance against forcible land acquisition for industry.
As a daylong shutdown called by the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) to protest the arrest of its leader by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Tapasi Malik rape and murder case ended, the Trinamool leader took over a rally in the area as she flayed the government.
She also presented the victim's mother before the people to narrate how the 18-year-old girl's rape and killing was blamed on her father by the communists.
"CPI-M has unleashed state terror. The chief minister has many faces. He says different things at different times during a day. He has unleashed the cops on people and rewarding the policemen who help him in repressing movements," Banerjee said, accusing Bhattacharya of double standards.
"They (communists) have raped and killed a young girl like Tapasi. They have not spared even infants in unleashing violence or slapping police cases," Banerjee fumed.
No roll back on industry plans: West Bengal CM
2007-07-01 : Moneycontrol.com
He is the man in the hottest seat right now. The West Bengal Chief Minister?s job is one of the most important in the country. This job will decide the future of industrialisation in India, the right balance between industry and agriculture. CNN-IBN National Affairs Editor Diptosh Majumdar speaks to the man who is at the centre of turbulence in West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
Diptosh Majumdar: Nandigram, Singur, then a reported incident close to Burnpur where IISCO is carrying out an expansion program. Is there a very dangerous trend in all this?
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee: This is a trend that has recently developed in the state but I think it is not the whole picture. Nandigram, Singur and the IISCO project do not fall under the same category because they are separate issues. At the same time, I would like to inform you that there are many proposals with the government, which we are discussing with the concerned parties or companies. At this moment, we are implementing some projects like three big steel projects. One in Pashcim (West) Midnapore, another in Burdwan and another in Purulia district. We are now going to set up SEZ for Videocon.
Diptosh Majumdar: But the obvious question arising is why is it being experienced only in West Bengal? There is agitation in other parts of the country but not in the same manner as West Bengal.
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee: It is unfortunate so far as Bengal is concerned. If you look at other states like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, the ruling parties and opposition parties have different ideology but when the question of an important project comes up, there is complete consensus.
Diptosh Majumdar: Is it also that you have too many rehabilitation and compensation packages?
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee: It is but natural, we cannot just dictate to the companies.
Diptosh Majumdar: But do you see a ray of hope with the new proposals that are coming with better compensation packages?
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee: Yes. From the experience, we are changing our policies. The problem I was mentioning was that when we have industrialisation, we have to touch a portion of agricultural land. We are trying our best to avoid fertile land. But when we go for acquisition of land, we have to have a rehabilitation package for the land losers. In some cases, Jindal has come up with a very good proposal. They will give jobs to all land losers and their families. But the number is only 790 so it is easier for them and particularly for a steel company. But in case of Singur, there are 12,000 families. How can they give jobs to 12,000 families?
Diptosh Majumdar: There is a larger question which is the issue of education. You have said yourself that an agriculturist?s son doesn't want to be an agriculturist anymore. But in the past 30 years, have you given him that platform, education that he needs to think of alternative employment?
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee: In Nandigram, the specific problem was that we wanted to set up a specific chemical hub. It was an important project and it was decided by the Government of India. Eight states took part in the competition. We made our presentation in Delhi before the Chemicals and Fertilizer Ministry. Four states were shortlisted with West Bengal topping the list. They said four chemical hubs were going to be set up in the country and the first would be in West Bengal. What we thought was that Haldia was a fisherman?s village 30 years ago. Now it is flourishing with investments coming in almost every month. But unfortunately, there is the Haldi river flowing there and on the other side is Nandigram, a poor village with poor agriculture. So we thought we will construct a bridge with the chemical hub and Nandigram will be another Haldia. Before we could lead the masses on how it was going to change their lives, the Opposition successfully mislead them.