Monday, April 6, 2009

Artful no to anti-CPM drama group

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, April 5: A group of artistes and intellectuals belonging to the Group of Rural Alternative Movement (Gram) ~ a social organisation ~ were prevented from performing a street drama in Chanditola yesterday, allegedly by Hooghly police officers. The drama was based on the alleged CPI-M sponsored terrorism in Nandigram and Singur.
Members of the organisation having been performing street dramas in various places across the state. They also sell CDs and cassettes based on the movement in Nandigram and Singur.
“We don’t belong to any political outfit. We never urge people to vote for the Trinamul Congress or any other political party. We were only highlighting the plight of the people of Nandigram and Singur. When we were performing the drama at Nababpur near Chanditola yesterday afternoon, a police team arrived and prevented us from performing. Police said that a complaint against us was lodged by a political outfit for disturbing the peace in the area. We were not allowed to perform the drama,” said Mr Manik Mondal, a member of the organisation.
"In protest against the incident, we went to Serampore police station today to lodge a complaint. But policemen didn't register our grievance. Ultimately, we submitted the complaint to the SDPO of Serampore. Eminent intellectuals and litterateurs will issue a statement shortly, protesting against the incident," Mr Mondal continued.
He further alleged that the artists have been facing resistance from CPI-M cadres while performing street drama. “We faced tough resistance in Asansol and Barasat a few days ago, while performing a street drama on the Nandigram carnage,” Mr Mondal said.