Life was partially affected in Nandigram, site of the face-off between the West Bengal government and anti-displacement Bhumi Uched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC), during a 12-hour bandh by ruling CPI-M today.
The bandh called to press for the safe return of CPI-M supporters allegedly ousted from the area after the March 14 police firing, passed off peacefully with a large number of policemen deployed.
In Nandigram block I, a BUPC stronghold and site of the clash with the police, majority of the shops were open though schools and colleges were closed and vehicles kept off the roads. Government offices, banks and post offices were open.
At Nandigram II block, the situation was normal, while life was paralysed at neighbouring Khejuri, considered a CPI-M turf.
The bandh had been called by the CPI-M's Krishak Sabha and its East Midnapore district leader Ashok Guria said it was called to press its demand for the safe return of its 1500 supporters ousted from here after the police firing on May 14 which claimed 14 lives.
The party is, however, yet to submit its list of its supporters it claims were forced to flee from Nandigram.