Four villagers received bullet injuries in a clash, which broke out between CPI (M) supporters and Khejuri Krishi Jami Bacho Committee (KKJBC) at Khejuri in East Midnapore on Tuesday morning.
Around 6 am a large number of CPI(M) activists gathered near Saraswati Vidyamandir and hurled bombs aiming at the members of KKJBC. In retaliation the Committee members also hurled bombs at the rival groups.
Soon the situation became tense after both the parties started firing at each other. In the firing four persons received severe injuries, while six received minor splinter injuries. "We took four of them to Nandigram hospital and their condition is stated to be out of danger. Till evening the clash was on and panicked villagers fled away from their houses," president of KKJBC Sheikh Joharat said.
Sadhin Pramanik Kejuri CPI (M) Gram Panchayat Member fled away on Monday night out of fear. He, however told HT, "I came to Contai for some work. I am not aware about the firing incident in Kejuri."
The district police failed to enter the villages keeping in mind that their entry could lead to more tension in the area. The police were seen waiting a few kilometers away from the area.
Inspector general for police, western ranger, Arun Gupta said, "There were some clashes at Kejuri. But now the situation is under control. The clash broke out following rumor spread by some anti-socials about acquisition of land for the proposed SEZ."
A large number of villagers from Battala, Sathkhanda, Pujnapore, Panchberia, Pukuria left their houses and took shelter in a nearby school and a temple.
Incidents of such clashes reported at Sonachura and Bhangabera area.
Later in the evening members of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee went to the Nandigram police station and lodged a complaint against CPI (M) cadres for attacking the innocent villagers.