Nandigram: Bengal calls all-party meet
With the situation worsening in Nandigram in the wake of fresh violence, Buddha Govt takes stock of the situation.india Updated: Apr 30, 2007 15:51 IST
With the situation worsening in Nandigram in the wake of fresh violence, the West Bengal government on Monday convened an all-party meeting to take stock of the situation.
West Bengal Home Secretary PR Roy said, "The situation has worsened since Sunday because of fresh violence. Due to timely intervention by the police, the situation was controlled. Otherwise, it could have been much more serious".
He was briefing reporters after a high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to review the situation at Nandigram.
Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb and Director General of Police AB Bhora were also present at the meeting.
The state government, he said, has informed the Centre of the prevailing situation at Nandigram.
Asked why the police did not enter the villages, he said they were instructed to be more restrained. "We do not want a repeat of March 14 incident. There is likely to be strong resistance if the police entered the villages at Nandigram", he said.
The state administration, he said, was trying to convene another all-party meeting to restore peace and normalcy in the area. Roy said he has not received any report from the hospital but "I am told that one person was killed and about 10 persons were injured in Sunday's violence".
Nandigram remained tense on Monday as sporadic clashes erupted between the CPI(M) and supporters of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) on Sunday, spearheading the anti land acquisition agitation, official sources said.