Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi on Sunday condemned the violence unleashed by CPI(M) cadres in Nandigram and the police action against intellectuals protesting against the violence in Kolkata.
"We are ashamed of what is happening in Nandigram. Intellectuals, film artists and others are being arrested by police for protesting against the Nandigram violence to gag down any kind of protest," Dasmunsi told a Youth Congress function at Tilkhana in Howrah district.
He suggested that relief should be sent to the people of Nandigram under the supervision of the Red Cross and asked the allies of the Left Front and other opposition parties in the state to find a political solution to the violence in Nandigram.
Those responsible for perpetrating violence should be identified and immediately arrested, he said.
Dasmunsi condemned West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for turning a blind eye to the Nandigram violence and not condemning provocative statements made by CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat and other senior party leaders.