Salim lambasts BJP, Trinamool over migrant labourer’s killing

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
12 Dec 2017

CPM MP and politburo member Mohammed Salim fired a salvo at BJP and Trinamool Congress together over the brutal killing of Afrazul Khan, a migrant labourer from Malda in Rajasthan. Salim accompanied by former state minister Anisur Rahman, party MLA Khagen Murmu, district LF convener Ambar Mitra and others visited Sayidpur village in Kaliachak to console the deceased labourer’s family today.
The CPM MP said, “A day after the incident Rajnath Singh, home minister of the country was in Kolkata to hold a meeting. It was the right time to seek his explanation about the gruesome death. But even after getting the central home minister, the issue was not raised before him.”
“Trinamool and BJP are like two different kinds of teeth of an elephant. One is visible and the other is not,” he said metaphorically.
He said that ghastly killing of Khan was indirectly encouraged by the Prime Minister’s silence over the fanatic activities across the country. “The fanatic burnt the poor labourer alive because a political party had extended mute support to such activities before too. So the murder was an outcome of turbulence and intolerance prevailing in country after BJP has come to power,” Salim said.
He assured the family members of Khan and LF would be with them with its strength. The CPM leaders hinted that they would organize people’s opinion against such killing in the name of religion.
He also made it clear that the labourer’s death would be raised during the winter session of parliament by LF. “We would seek explanation from the PM and the home minister about the spine-chilling killing,” Salim said.
Meanwhile, Congress held a peace-rally in Kaliachak today while protesting against death of Khan. District Congress president and MP Mausam Noor, Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, Congress MLAs Isha Khan Choudhury, Sabina Yasmin and others led the rally.