ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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West Bengal- Netra Carnage

West Bengal Netra Carnage WHATEVER limited achievements the Left Front government in West Bengal may claim to have registered, they do not by any means include a cleansing of the police administration. Any lingering doubts about this fact will have been washed away by the recent carnage in the Netra panchayat, just a few miles to the south of Calcutta, where longstanding police-criminal nexus succeeded in provoking the mass of the ordinary villagers themselves into gross criminal actions. In the actual event, hundreds of villagers from more than a dozen adjoining villages cordoned a three square mile area to hunt a number of marked persons and to kill them most brutally, besides burning down huts, shops and other establishments belonging to them. The whole operation seems to have been well-planned and efficiently executed and, most significantly, was based on a complete consensus among the villagers. Some hours later when a posse of armed policemen, led by officers, arrived at the venue of the incidents, a solid phalanx of villagers blocked their entry for a considerable time, that is, till the sub-divisional police officer reached the spot with another squad of armed policemen.

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