Indian Left’s criminal violence- How CPM Kills & Killed Its Opponents

   BJP chief Amit Shah visited Kerala in early October 2017. He raised the issue of political killings by the CPI(M) in Kerala, which resulted in this issue being raised in the national media. What is happening in Kerala is not unique, nor isolated. It is the pattern followed worldwide by Communists. In India also the CPI(M) has done exactly the same in West Bengal too, just like Kerala. And its not merely the BJP-RSS, the CPM has killed other opponents too, such as Congress workers and leaders, and its own defectors (eg. T Chandrashekharan) in Kerala and West Bengal. If the CPI(M) has killed workers and leaders of parties which are ideologically similar (Congress is claimed to be ‘secular’ by CPM, and it supported UPA-1 at the Centre for years), like the Congress, and CPM’s own rebels, one can imagine what it would do to its most bitter ideological opponents- RSS and BJP!

    The 14th Lok Sabha in 2004 saw the biggest contingent of the Left in the Lok Sabha ever, at 62, with the CPI(M) having 43. Even at that time out of the 62 MPs, 8 were facing criminal charges (3 of CPM, 2 of CPI and 3 of RSP and Forward Bloc). 1 Left MP belonging to the Forward Bloc (member from Purulia in West Bengal) was in fact convicted of a charge as serious as rape in a case of 1982 on 12 May 2006.

  The Communists had actually supported the Partition of India in 1947, China in the 1962 war, opposed India’s Nuclear tests in 1998 as well as 1974 while supporting China’s in 1964 and called Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as ‘Tojo’s Dog’, drawn a cartoon of a donkey with Netaji’s face, supported the Razakar movement in Hyderabad against integration with India in 1948, etc.

   Communist ideology is by nature violent and has resulted in millions of killings worldwide, e.g. in Russia and China. Stalin’s Communists killed a reported 40 million in Russia (His painting is hung proudly by CPM in its Kolkata party office), Mao killed millions in China, Pol Pot also killed more than 1 million people and millions were killed in other countries too.

   The Father of Communism, Karl Marx told them to do so. Marx states in ‘Communist Manifesto’ that “you must, therefore, confess that by “individual” you mean no other person than the bourgeois, than the middle-class owner of property. This person must indeed, be swept out of the way, and made impossible.” (Published by Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1973 edition, page 66).  The ‘Communist Manifesto’ ends with the following sentences, “The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution.”

  This compilation is of the violence, criminal murders by the Left, mainly the CPI(M). Only few handpicked cases are given here as they are many many. CPI(M) is dishonest and corrupt as well, and another compilation will be given of that. But most importantly it is very violent and intolerant, kills cadres and leaders of its opponents.

Murders, criminal attacks

1- In 1997, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the then Home Minister of the Left Government of West Bengal (who later became Chief Minister from 2000 to 2011), in a reply to an Assembly question, stated that between 1977 (when the Left Front came to power in West Bengal) and 1996, in these 19 years, 28,000 political murders were committed. It meant on an average 125.7 murders were effected in a month. It meant that the daily rate of murder was four. That is to say that one political murder took place every six hours for the entire period of 19 years between 1977 and 1996.

   A Leftist weekly, Mainstream reported: “From the late nineties the CPI-M claimed that they would go in for greater efficiency in dispatch of business. By this criterion their rate of murder had obviously increased with the increased efficiency of the CPI-M…Between 1977 and 1996, the rate of annual political murder on an average was 1473… In 1997, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was severely criticized for admitting such a large figure of political murders. Hence a cautious Home Minister just manipulated the figure which has to be rejected as an outlier. Anyway to come to a reliable figure of murders between 1997 and 2009, we have taken the annual average of 2284 to come to a total figure of 27,408. Thus between 1977 and 2009 the total number of murder was 28,000 + 27,408 = 55,408. It means an yearly average of 1787, a monthly average of 149 and a daily average of five. In other words, in every four hours and 50 minutes one person was being killed for political reasons in West Bengal. The CPI-M can claim credit that instead of a murder an hour they could limit it to four hour and 50 minutes per murder. What an achievement!” 

   This was reported by none other than a Leftist weekly Mainstream itself in an article by D Bandyopadhyay on 22 August 2010. There were at least 55,000 political murders in West Bengal between 1977 to 2009, the first 32 years of the 34-year rule of the Left Front.

2-On 27 August 2003, 5 CPM workers got death sentence for killing BJP leader the very dynamic and popular Master Jayakrishnan in front of tiny tots who he was teaching on 1 Dec 1999. The traumatized children had to be counselled later- they suffered a severe shock.

   This was upheld by the Kerala High Court on 27 July 2005. After this order of the High Court, the CPI(M), which gives long lectures to BJP and RSS on honouring court verdicts, openly burnt the effigy of the judge throughout the state with some workers even threatening to kill him. But the SC acquitted 4 out of the 5 in December 2006 in a bench comprising of Justice Markendey Katju and reduced the death penalty to the 5th to life imprisonment who was soon released by the Left Government in Kerala.

   K.T. Jayakrishnan was State Vice-President of the Kerala Unit of Yuva Morcha, a darling of the entire people irrespective of political hues and a teacher in East Mokeri U.P. School in Kannur. A mob of CPM activists barged into the classroom, where Jayakrishnan was taking classes. Suddenly, his bodyguard (provided by the state government to protect his life due to threats from Communists) disappeared and seven CPM activists entered the class room, shouted slogans and warned the students not to move, blocked the class room’s entrance, took sword-sticks and razors in their hands and pounced on Jayakrishnan attacking him with swords, axes and machetes and stabbed him several times. Blood sprayed on the walls of the classroom and on the tiny tots. Many of the children fainted on seeing the gory sight. After killing him, the mob wrote on the class blackboard that anyone- the witnesses were the students and other teachers- giving evidence against them would be eliminated like Jayakrishnan. They then left in a victory procession brandishing the blood-stained weapons.

   The only ”sin” committed by the Jayakrishnan Master was that he believed in an ideology which the CPM could not tolerate. The Kerala High Court while confirming the death penalty said on 27 July 2005 observed that: “The murder was committed inside a classroom in front of the students. The accused had not made any attempt to conceal their identities. After committing the murder, they wrote a warning to the witnesses on the blackboard that if anyone gave evidence, they would be killed. The accused also took out a procession on the road, brandishing bloodstained weapons. Evidence obtained proved that the deceased had not been involved in any crime. It showed that Jayakrishnan was neither in the habit of insulting nor ridiculing his political opponents. It was because Jayakrishnan had believed in a different ideology that the accused had murdered him.” The court said that the accused had not considered the mental aberration and trauma that the children would have to suffer on seeing such a “grotesque and terrible” incident. The court said that the incident had created psychological problems among a large number of children. So, this could not be treated as an ordinary murder. The subsequent conduct of the accused was also “revolting.” The court said that the capital sentence awarded to the accused was justified and did not call for any interference…”

   It was in May 1996 that BJP’s Kannur district secretary Panniyan Chandran was killed by CPM workers in front of his wife. BJP suffered a major setback after the murder of Panniyan Chandran. But Jayakrishnan Master undertook the responsibility and lead the organization with the support of another 14 full-time committed party activists in Kannur. The tireless and committed work of Jayakrishnan Master boosted party activities in Kannur. He conducted a series of public meetings which attracted massive crowds throughout Kerala, specially in Kannur. The increasing public support and the dedicated work of Jayakrishnan Master worried the CPM’s district leaders which led them to plan to ”liquidate” him. On various occasions the CPM’s local leaders warned openly that ‘we will get our next target very soon’.

   K.T Jayakrishnan Master was a very soft spoken person, most respected and  loved by all. He was not in the habit of insulting or ridiculing his political opponents. The CPM murdered Jayakrishnan Master because of his growing popularity. But in December 2012 the Kerala Police re-opened the case.

   And in July 2013 the CBI said that it will probe ‘laxity in earlier investigations’ in this case.

3-  In 1990, a senior lady officer of the UNICEF and another senior officer of the Government of India detected a case of huge embezzlement of UN funds by some CPI(M) organisations within the South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal during the rule of the Left Front when Jyoti Basu was the Chief Minister. When they were returning with a lot of incriminating evidence, their vehicle was attacked by CPI(M) workers. The vehicle was set on fire to destroy all documentary evidence. The women were raped and left naked on the road. It was one of the worst kinds of violence against women. Then Chief Minister Jyoti Basu remained mum and did nothing to nab the culprits.

   The driver, who tried to protect the two lady officers, was killed. Then the lady officers were raped and one of them murdered and her body without any cloth left on the open paddy field. When the then Chief Minister, Jyoti Basu, was informed of the incident, he quipped to the waiting mediamen: “Such incidents do happen, don’t they?” Thereby he put the official sanction to rape in addition to murder as an instrument of political aggression.

   This was reported by none other than Mainstream, a Leftist weekly.

   The Statesman dated 1 June 1990 had reported the case.

   Wikipedia reports the issue thus: “On 30 May 1990, a team of three health officers were returning to Kolkata after inspecting an immunization program in Gosaba.[1] The team consisted of Anita Dewan, the Deputy District Extension Media Officer of the West Bengal Health Department; Uma Ghosh, a senior officer of the Health Department; and Renu Ghosh, a representative of UNICEF’s World Health Organization office in New Delhi. Around 6:30 pm when they had reached Bantala near the Eastern metropolitan bypass, a group of 4-5 youths stopped their car near the CPI(M) party office. The driver Abani Naia made an attempt to escape, but he lost control and the car overturned. In the mean time, another gang of 10-12 youths arrived at the spot, who pulled one of the ladies out of the car, while the others pulled out the other two ladies. The driver of the car tried to resist the youths, but failed. The attackers killed the driver and set the car on fire.[2] The lady officers were then taken to a nearby paddy field and raped. One of the ladies, who tried to resist the rapists was killed.

   The police brought the naked bodies of the officers to the emergency department of Calcutta National Medical College at around 11-30pm. Initially they were presumed to be dead, but later two of them were found to be alive and were admitted for treatment. One lady doctor who examined the dead woman fainted when she discovered a metallic torch in the vagina of the officer.

   Anita Dewan died. The injured driver was transferred to SSKM Hospital for treatment. He bore 43 wounds in his body caused by blunt, sharp and heavy weapons.[3] His penis was smashed by the attackers. On 4 June 1990, at 5-40 am in the morning, he died. The autopsy of his body was carried out by Dr. Biswanath Kahali, a Medical Officer on Training Reserve of the Health Department.[4]

    Prasanta Sur, the then Health Minister of West Bengal, defended the mob by contending that the victims might have been mistaken as child-abductors. But there is controversy regarding actual cause of the incident. The then Chief Minister Mr. Jyoti Basu also commented on a casual mode which has strongly been criticised by the media all over India.[4][5]

4- On 7 May 2008 the Times of India reported that a CPI(M) workers’ mob assaulted and stripped a 28-year old woman Nandigram as she refused to join the party. The doctor attending her at Nandigram Hospital confirmed there was sexual assault.

5- On 2 March 2002 The Times of India reported that CPI(M) workers hacked to death 2 BJP members who had switched to the BJP from the CPI(M) in Kerala.

6- One of India’s most wanted terrorist Yasin Bhatkal was actually arrested by the West Bengal Police in 2008 but due to poor prosecution from the CPI(M) he got bail and went scot-free. Such is CPI(M)’s pro-terrorist policy.

7- In November 2010 as many as 44 cadres of the CPI(M) including party office bearers were convicted for the brutal killings of 11 landless farmers by the CPI(M) workers in July 2000. Here 11 Muslim agricultural workers were killed in a gruesome manner because they demanded minimum wage rates fixed by the government from the CPI-M jotedars (landlords).

8- The CPI(M) leader of Kerala M M Mani openly bragged in a public meeting as to how the CPI(M) brutally killed its political opponents in Kerala. The murders of top popular BJP leaders Master Jayakrishnan (which we have seen earlier) and P Chandran (killed in 1996) may have been like this, as we have seen most of the culprits go scot-free with only 1 convicted by the SC and he too was released by the government of Left in Kerala soon. The BJP demanded re-probe in these 2 brutal murders by CPI(M) in light on Mani’s boasts.

9- M M Mani openly boasted in public that the CPI(M) eliminates opponents in Kerala. html

   As for the CPI(M)s hypocrisy, it removed Mani from his position after this in June 2012. 

   But then brought him back again on the same post later on 25 October 2013! 

   In late 2016, this man was made a Minister in the Left Front Government of Kerala!

10- On 30 November 2010 an RSS worker was killed again by CPM cadres.

 11- On 27 April 2009 an RSS man was stabbed to death near Kannur by CPI(M) cadres.

12- On 28 May 2010 in Kannur district 2 RSS men were killed in Kerala again by CPI(M) cadres.

13-  On 1 December 2013 in Kannur district a BJP worker was hacked to death and two others were injured by CPI(M) workers.

14- CPI(M) Politburo member and his party’s face in Bengal former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee admitted to the “grave wrongs committed by some of our party men” i.e. CPI(M) in areas like Netai by eliminating their political opponents. Nine people were killed on January 7, 2011 when alleged CPI(M) mercenaries attacked villagers at Netai a small village in West Midnapore district. While several of the attackers were arrested some others were still at large.

  The former Chief Minister addressing a rally at Midnapore on 2 Feb 2014 said the January 2011 mass killing at Netai was a “grave wrong committed by some of our partymen, many of whom had since fled the area” condemning criminalisation of politics.

15- The investigation in the murder of rebel CPM leader T P Chandrashekharan, which caused great embarrassment to the CPM and for which CPM leaders were convicted, led to more alarming disclosures.  Accused in Chandrashekharan’s murder T.K. Rajeesh, 32, could be nabbed.

   Rajeesh confessed to being part of the seven-member team that murdered Chandrasekharan and said the killers had been acting at the behest of some Kerala CPM leaders.The police said he had also admitted to a direct role in the murder of four BJP-RSS activists in the past, including the daylight assassination of K.T. Jayakrishnan, state vice-president of BJP youth wing Yuva Morcha. It is not clear whether he has implicated the CPM in these murders too. 

16- The trial court convicted 12 CPM members, including 3 top leaders, for the murder of CPM rebel leader T P Chandrashekaran. 

17- An accused in the murder of BJYM State Vice President Master Jayakrishnan died in August 2003. His name was Karayi Sanveejan. The mother of Karayi Sajeevan, named as seventh accused in the case pertaining to the brutal murder of Yuva Morcha’s Kerala vice-president KT Jayakrishnan in Kannur in 1999, has alleged that the CPI(M) was behind her son’s death. 

   Sajeevan was found dead on the night of August 11, 2003 just 15 days before a court in Thalassery sentenced five of the accused to death. “He had told me he was going to tell the court the whole truth but he had not divulged it to us. That he might spill the beans could have scared the CPI(M) and this could have led to his death,” his mother Kamala said. 

18Former CPM MP AP Abdullakutty alleged that the then Kerala CPM state secretary and now Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had asked the party leaders to follow the “Bengal line” of killing political enemies without shedding a drop of blood. He alleged that Vijayan explained that this “model” involved kidnapping and burying alive political enemies with a sack of salt on them in deep ditches.

   Abdullakutty writes that Vijayan said this in a party meeting held at Azhikodan memorial party office in Kannur on March 5, 2008 ahead of a peace meeting convened by the district collector following violence in Kannur. Kutty says the meeting was attended by CPM MPs P. Karunakaran, P. Sathidevi and CPI(M) MLAs from Kannur other than him.

   He further goes on to say that the discussion on eliminating enemies came up when Sathidevi complained to Vijayan that they were worried about BJP’s protest in Parliament showing pictures of barbarous killings by CPM in Kannur. “Pinarayi Vijayan said that if we adopt the Bengal model there won’t be any trace of the murder,” writes Abdullakutty.

   “I was shocked to hear such a comment from the state secretary. Later, when we were at Parliament, I enquired about this to West Bengal MP Anil Basu. Basu told me that what Pinarayi told was right. He said that Kerala line of killing is barbaric and in Bengal they don’t even shed a drop of blood and bury the enemies alive. He said that the outside world won’t even see a piece of bone,” says Abdullakutty.  He says that he met Anil Basu along with P. Suresh Kurup, then CPM MP and present MLA of Ettumanoor. 

19- CPM leader Comrade Biman Basu was caught on camera asking CPM cadres to attack Election Commission people in protest against a decision which CPM did not like. Left Front West Bengal chairman Biman Basu called upon the party cadres to ‘attack’ the Central observers and ‘teach’ them a lesson for ‘siding with the Trinamool Congress and the BJP in the campaigning against the CPI(M).’ Basu, who was also a member of the CPI(M) Politburo, in a public statement on 8 May 2004 incited the party workers and supporters against some Central observers. Some Central observers alleged to the CEC that their lives were in danger following threat by some CPI(M) workers who were opposing them to act impartially for ensuring a free and fair poll in West Bengal.They wanted adequate protection during their stay in the state so that they could work freely and independently. These observers also registered a formal complaint with the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Mr Basudev Bandopadhyya, in this connection.

   Reacting to Mr Basu’s threat to the Central observers, the TMC leader, Ms Mamata Banerjee, demanded that Mr Basu would be arrested forthwith for intimidating the Central election observers. The BJP president, Mr Tathagata Roy, alleged that Mr Basu had gone out of the way in inciting the party cadres against the observers since they were now finding it difficult to rig the poll in their traditional methods. Mr Roy demanded police action against Mr Basu. The Congress also criticised the front chairman’s public statement against the Central observers. 

20- Seven (7) CPI(M) workers were found guilty by the trial court in Kerala on 2 March 2016 for the murder of a RSS official in April 2007. Mavelikkara additional sessions court III awarded life term to seven CPM men and fined Rs 30,000 each for murdering 38-year old RSS Charumood Karyavahak G Chandran. According to special prosecutor, the incident relating to the case happened in April 20, 2007 at a quarry in Vettiyar at 11.30 pm. Chandran was visiting RSS activists’ houses attacked by CPM activists. However, then CPM workers came there as group and attacked Chandran. Following this, Chandran ran away from the spot. But he was brutally killed when he reached in the quarry. The motive behind the murder was then existing political atmosphere in the area. There were 21 wounds on the body of Chandran, who was hacked with country sword and beaten with iron rode and oars. 

21- In a Facebook post, the son of Kerala CPM leader P Jayarajan described the killing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker K Manoj as ‘good news’. Jain, the son of CPM’s P Jayarajan, posted in Malayalam, “I have been waiting to hear this good news for a long time. Salutations, dear comrades.  Feeling excited.” In more posts, Jain justified his comments, saying his father had been attacked 14 years ago by a group of men including Manoj. His father P Jayarajan is the prime accused in the case of the killing of Manoj.

   “A person who wrote a Facebook post on a murder should be booked. It shows that he could have a role in the murder plan. It is abominable to congratulate killers,” state BJP president V Muraleedharan has been quoted as saying.

   Manoj was hacked to death on Monday in Kannur district. Bombs were thrown at his van before a group of people attacked him with swords, the police said. A murder case has been registered against eight people, all allegedly affiliated to the CPM, the police said. The killing took place as BJP President Amit Shah visited Kerala. 

22- In Feb 2016, CPM workers killed a RSS worker Sujit by hacking him to death in front of his aged parents in Kannur district.  Police said 10 CPI-M sympathisers had been taken into custody and they were being questioned. Sujit succumbed to the injuries before reaching hospital late in the night. His aged parents and a brother tried to stop the assailants, who stormed into their house at Papinesseri around 11.30 PM, and suffered injuries in the process. They were also hospitalised. The CPM to add insult to injury said that ‘it was the fallout of a local incident relating to insulting a girl’ thus insulting the dead worker, who was killed by CPM workers in an act of killing of political opponents by the CPM.

   The cases of CPI(M) killing RSS and BJP men in Kerala are so many that an entire encyclopedia can be written on that. Just a few cases are being given.

23- Much before they came to power heading the Left Front Government in 1977 in West Bengal, the CPI-M leaders started experimenting with murder as a political instrument. Way back in 1970 CPI-M cadres murdered two important Congress leaders belonging to the Sain family of Burdwan. The level of bestiality that they stooped down to was evident by the fact that they made the mother of the two Sain brothers eat rice drenched with the blood of her dead sons. The shock made the mother lose her mental balance and state from which she never recovered till her death a decade later. According to Anirban Ganguly, those communist cadres who perpetrated this violence went on to become ministers and MPs under the Left-Front government and were never brought to book.

24- On Saraswati Puja Day in Janauary 1979, the Jyoti Basu-led Left front Government fired, starved, shot and killed Bengali Hindu refugees from Bangladesh, who had trooped into the state and had taken shelter in the Sunderban area. These refugees, largely Dalits who had escaped persecution in Bangladesh and sought shelter in India, were about 60,000 in number and “were taken in by the Left Front’s poll promises and had come over from the rehabilitation centre provided by the Centre in Dandakaranya (Odisha)” to Marichjhanpi in Suderban. Tear gas, blockade, firing, burning of camps were the methods used by CPI-M cadres and state police under Left front to disperse the refugees.

   Many, while trying to escape, fell in the sea to be eaten by crocodiles; many bodies were dumped in the sea as well. Children – 8 years old, 12 years old, women and their babies, men and women in their seventies and eighties were killed in the firing. Till date, the exact number of deaths has not been known.” How many refugees died in police firing and how died when their boats sank while tried to escape will never be known. The refugees were hunted down just because a CPI-M government, led by proletarian leaders decided that they must be ousted.

   There is a video of CPM workers publicly threatening to kill RSS workers, CPM workers chanting abusive words and threatening RSS if they dare to fight with them, they will be killed. The hatred and level of thinking can be seen in the video clearly.

Author: @Gujaratriotscom Twitter handle

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