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By Arnab Mitra

NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (1) (1)Kolkata: The Bamfront Kisan Sabha (Agricultural wing of the Left Front) headed by seventeen different left organizations organized, on Thursday, a rally against the oppression of farmers by the state government.

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But the peaceful rally, which was headed towards Nabanna, suddenly became violent after the police tried to stop it at Mayo Road in Kolkata, and at some other areas in Howrah.

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In Kolkata, violence erupted when the left front rally headed by CPI (M) state secretary Biman Bose came to Mayo Road. His supporters tried to break the barricade, but the police resisted them using lathis and bricks. In the brick batting that followed, the police, the supporters, as well as the media persons were injured.

NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (9) (1) (1) NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (16) (1) NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (18) (1)Biman Bose, who was trying to calm the supporters, was also badly hit by the Police. He said, “The police instigated the mob and the protesters to start violence. It was totally uncalled for.” In Howrah, several supporters were injured and Police were seen mercilessly attacking the left supporters.

NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (14) (1) NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (22) (1) NABANNA ABHIYAAN_LEFT FRONT FARMERS' ARGANISATIONS_MAYO ROAD XING_27 AUG 2015_M SAMANTA (25) (1)The police action on the peaceful rally raises serious questions about the commitment of the ruling Trinamool Congress and its Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee towards democracy. Activist Dr. Miratun Nahar said: “The Government is impatient, and the police brutality towards the peaceful rally is highly deplorable.”

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Fall

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the fortnight have declined

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Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days in May, have been on the reverse trend for the last 13 days, including Monday, but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming.

The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

Percentage-wise, since May 30, when prices started to take a downturn, petrol prices have slipped 2.35 per cent in Delhi, compared to the 5.5 per cent in the previous 16 days.

In absolute terms, prices have gone down by Rs 1.85 a litre since May 30, compared to the increase of Rs 3.8 per litre in the during May 14-29. On Monday, fuel was sold at Rs 76.58 per litre in the national capital, down 20 paise from Sunday’s level, the IndianOil Corp’s website showed.

In Mumbai, where petrol prices were the highest in the country last month, the decline has been much slow at Rs 1.23 per litre so far, against the rise of Rs 3.76 a litre during May 14-29.

On Monday, petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 84.41 per litre against Rs 84.61 on Sunday. Similarly, in Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was sold at Rs 79.25 and Rs 79.48 respectively.

In Kolkata and Chennai too, the decline has been Rs 1.81 and Rs 1.65 per litre in the last 13 days, around 50 per cent of the previous rate of increase.

In tandem with petrol prices, diesel too has seen a decline, but of only around 2 per cent in all the major cities including Delhi, compared to over 5 per cent rise in the previous fortnight.

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Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the last 13 days have declined by Rs 1.36, and in Mumbai and Kolkata, the fall was of Rs 1.44 and Rs 1.45 per litre respectively.

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On Monday, prices of the fuel in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were at Rs 67.95, Rs 70.50, Rs 72.35 and Rs 71.73 per litre, respectively. (IANS)