On 17th January, 2017, two youths of the Bhangor anti-powergrid movement, Mafijul and Alamgir, were martyred when the police working in nexus with hooligans of local Trinamool henchman Arabul Islam opened fire on peaceful demonstrators. Then, during the Panchayat elections of 2018, Arabul and his band of hooligans once again fired on an election rally of the Jomi Jibika Bastutantro O Poribesh Raksha Committee, killing the young Committee member Hafijur. Subsequently, after the movement went on to snatch victory from a belligerent government, compelling the latter to sit for unconditional dialogue with the Committee and accept all its demands, the Jomi Jibika Bastutantro OPoribesh Raksha Committee constructed 3 martyrs’ columns in 2019 and observed Martyrs’ Day on 17th January. 

This year, a blood donation camp was organised by the Committee on Martyrs’ Day on 17th January. At around 10 am that day, hundreds of people gathered at the sites of the 3 martyrs’ columns in Natunhat, Kamarbari and Shyamnagar and offered garlands and flowers amidst robust shouting of slogans in the martyrs’ memory. This year, in the light of the current situation, the Jomi Committee resolved on Martyrs’ Day to carry on the struggle against NPR-NRC-CAA to the very end.

At around 11 am, the blood donation camp began on the field adjacent to the Dhibdhiba Primary Health Care Centre (which is now being upgraded to a 10-bedded hospital, thanks to the Bhangor agreement). A total of 133 women and men donated blood. Many more people who had come to donate blood could not do so due to the shortage of blood bags. A brief public meeting was held at the conclusion of the event. The entire leadership of the Jomi Committee was present during the programme. Also present were Kolkata High Court advocate Bharati Mutsuddi, leaders of Welfare Party of India and People’s Brigade and the West Bengal state leadership of CPI (ML) Red Star.

The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.