Hitting the Left where it hurt the most, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said that a permanent solution has to be found to ensure that incidents like those in Nandigram do not happen again. “The cult of violence and the manner in which armed party cadres prevented the law and order machinery from fulfilling its obligations to the people are most unfortunate,” she told the Congress parliamentary party.
In Kolkata, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya yet again tried to explain the recapture of Nandigram and the March 14 police firing. “We wanted to make Nandigram another Haldia industrial area and there was nothing wrong in this as petrochemical industries are increasingly becoming important for industrial development. But when we saw that the people of Nandigram did not want to give up their land, we decided that we would not forcibly acquire any land and I still stand by it,” he told the state assembly on Thursday.
<b1>“But when a police officer was butchered, was it constitutional? Over Rs. 8 crore could not be spent for development works in the five gram-panchayat areas of Nandigram and administration was not being allowed to enter Nandigram. Was that constitutional? And why did the police enter? They had entered to set up camps and repair the roads, but not to take away land,” the Chief Minister added.
Meanwhile, half-burnt human bones, wrapped in paper, were found from the graves which were discovered on Wednesday by CRPF personnel at Bidyapith village in Khejuri near Nandigram.
East Midnapore police chief Satyeswar Panda said the bones would be sent for forensic tests to Kolkata. CPM
Central Committee member Shyamal Chakraborty told a TV channel: “This is quite normal in such areas. When you find half-burnt skulls in cremation grounds, there is nothing abnormal. Don’t try to find meaning in it.”