A group of people on Sunday approached the CBI team camping in Nandigram, offering to give eyewitness accounts of the March 14 police firing in Nandigram which the agency is investigating following a Calcutta High Court directive.
Gopal Das, who led the group of 20-22 people, all residents of various villages of Nandigram I block, said they volunteered to give their account to the CBI on the March 14 firing that claimed 14 lives.
Das, who was one of the six-seven persons who gave their version to the investigating agency, said the sleuths told others that their accounts would be recorded later.
Das refused to divulge their political identity.
He said he told the CBI that on March 14, villagers of Adhikarypara had performed Gouranga Puja and when the police asked them to move away, they refused and pelted stones at the policemen.
Police first used tear gas and almost immideately after opened fire that dispersed the people, Das claimed.
Five women, who were gangraped on the same day, also narrated their versions before the CBI during the day.
Five persons belonging to both CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress-backed Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee camps were arrested today in various cases of violence in the area, Superintendent of Police Satyeswar Panda said.
The Bharat Sevasram Sangha today delivered some relief to the people of Nandigram and said they would construct 100 houses, burnt or destroyed in the violence.
They would also look after 25 children who lost their key family members in the year long violence, a Sangha representative said here.