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CPM sore, will take up issue with Centre

The Bengal Govt will look into 'selective leaks' of the CBI report into the Nandigram police firing, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2007 02:58 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The West Bengal government would take up with the Centre the issue of 'selective leaks' of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report into the March 14 police firing in Nandigram.

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury said on Thursday that the matter would be taken up with the Centre at the earliest.

Yechury said, "It is a case of selective leak of information, which is to be submitted to the High Court. I have asked Buddhababu.

He said the report has not been submitted to the court." He added that the matter is sub-judice and it is wrong to preempt anything. The CBI report has apparently pointed out how CPM cadres were allegedly threatening witnesses to the March 14 violence, in which 14 persons were shot dead, and how some of them were also part of police party that attacked protesters. Meanwhile, the three-day CPM central committee (CC) meet began on Thursday.

The party's politburo met in the morning ahead of the CC meeting, which is expected to begin the process of finalising the draft of a political resolution. The final draft would be put up during the party Congress next year for discussion and then for being adopted. It was learnt that two major issues that would be part of the resolution are communalism and imperialism, largely in the context of the Indo-US relationship.

The CC is also likely to discuss the Nandigram issue with the Bengal government expected to brief the members on the sequence of events that led to the re-capture of the area in early November.