KOLKATA: Leading citizens and politicians of West Bengal on Tuesday took out two separate marches here demanding immediate action against those involved in the multi-crore Saradha scam.
While the BJP-led procession was apolitical without any party flags or banners, the CPM march was led by senior party leaders and members.
On Tuesday afternoon a large group comprising film artists, lawyers, university and college teachers along with ordinary people walked from the College Square in front of the Calcutta University to Metro Channel, following a call by the state BJP demanding punishment to those involved in the scam.
Actors George Baker, Joy Banerjee, Nimu Bhowmik, magician P C Sorcar, senior journalist M J Akbar participated in the march. Akbar said, “I am sure the guilty will be punished as our Prime Minister had assured the people of West Bengal before the Lok Sabha polls. The people should be courageous and those guilty in such a huge scam cannot go scot free”.
Meanwhile, the CPM procession from Victoria House walked towards the College Square in the evening and was led by former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhttacharya, LoP in state Assembly Suryakanta Mishra, and state CPM secretary Biman Bose. Before the march started, Bose demanded the arrest of Mamata saying, “The Saradha scam is linked to the terrorist activity at Khagragarh in Burdwan district. The Central agencies probing both the scam and the blast should immediately question the Chief Minister.”