Siliguri, 25th November: Banga Bhanga Protirod Mancha handed over a Barna Parichoy book to the authorities of a bank after they allegedly refused to provide services in Bengali language.
As per the allegations, on November 23, a customer spoke in Bengali and inquired regarding a transaction service at a state-owned bank in Hillcart Road. However, the bank authorities informed that every customer must interact in Hindi to receive services.
After receiving the complaint, Banga Bhanga Protirod Mancha took to the streets on Thursday. Demonstrating in front of the bank, they handed over a memorandum to the bank authorities and demanded to provide services in Bengali language. A Borno Porichoy book was also handed over to the bank officials.
Complainant Bhaskar Majumder said, “The bank officials forced me to speak in Hindi. I felt humiliated."
Sanjeev Chakraborty, the convener of Banga Bhanga Protirod Mancha, said, “Unfortunately, not all bank employees can speak in Bengali in West Bengal. There are different types of names, documents, none of which are available in Bengali. The matter will be reported to various departments. We will uphold the rights of the people of Bengal."
On the other hand, the bank officials refused to comment on the matter.