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Unending cycle of violence in Didi's Bengal: Who is responsible?
The state of West Bengal is boiling, following the attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Minster Amit Mitra by Students Federation of India (SFI) outside the Yojana Bhawan in New Delhi.

Even though CPI (M)'s student wing, SFI on Thursday claimed that none of its activists were involved in the heckling of Amit Mitra at New Delhi's Yojana Bhawan, the truth seems to be something else.

When TV channels started beaming the visuals of attack on Mitra, Santra family in Khardaha village of Howrah's Amta, like many others was stunned. They recognized their son Debnath hitting Mitra on the head with a lathi. They were left speechless for, according to them and their neighbours, 30-year-old Debnath had never been an SFI member. He is a Class V dropout, who works as a zari worker in New Delhi.

If it is true that Debnath isn't a SFI member, it indicates that the CPM student body roped in migrants from Bengal in Delhi, even people who are not remotely connected with the organization. The SFI might have felt the need to hire people for the protest at Yojana Bhavan in Delhi.

Villagers say Debnath studied till Class V in the Khardaha High School but failed to clear the final examinations. He then left for Delhi where he took up work as a zari worker. He lives at Sasujet in South Kotla. It is still not clear how he got involved in the agitation.

Locals say Santra’s are dedicated supporters of CPM and Debnath’s father Saroj Santra is a local CPM leader but Debnath Santra was never involved with the party when he was in his village. His friends claimed that they had received phone calls from him after the news broke. He wanted to know if his photograph had appeared in the newspapers. He sounded apologetic and seemed to be under considerable pressure. His father is extremely hurt for his son’s action.

Back in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress’ student wing went on rampage to take revenge (probably) of the New Delhi incident. They attacked the historic Presidency College on Wednesday. The Baker Laboratory housing the Physics Department and other departments were vandalized by persons carrying Trinamool Congress flags. They allegedly harassed female students and attacked the professors.

Even though top leaders of the party including the education minister Bratya Basu denied any involvement of their local councilor Partha Basu and party workers in the incident but a student who was held by the police after the College filed an FIR has exposed the lie, revealing a disturbing trend of student politics.

Subhadip Burman is among the five students held for the incident. According to the reports, Burman has confessed to his involvement in the incident saying he was lured by the party leaders. Burman, an arts student at Surendranath College in Kolkata, went on rampage as he was promised a government job if he followed the order of party seniors.

Burman’s family is in shock for their son’s behavior and has blamed the student politics for their son’s fate.

The cycle of violence protest seems to be unending in Bengal and every party is denying their role in the incidents of violence across the state. This has led to a confusing situation, if no party is involved in violent protest, hooliganism and vandalism then who are these people disturbing the peace in the state? Are they non-state actors? I mean, is it Pakistan? As our political parties will find it right to blame the non-state actors to save their back.

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