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Police recovers live bombs from Nandigram

india Updated: Aug 13, 2008 20:24 IST

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Police on Wednesday recovered 23 live crude bombs from the violence-hit Khejuri area of Nandigram in east Midnapore district amid reports of overnight clashes between activists of CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress.

Police raided a brick kiln area and recovered 23 live bombs, a rifle and several rounds of ammunition.

Since January last year, the region has been rocked with violent protests over proposed land acquisition for a special economic zone in collaboration with Indonesia's Salim group for developing a chemical hub.

The CPI(M) blames the Trinamool Congress of backing the Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) which is leading the anti-land acquisition agitation.

Last night, four persons were injured in an armed clash between Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) activists at Dariachak village near Kolaghat. Police said 12 houses were looted.

Meanwhile, two CPI(M) activists were allegedly injured on Wednesday when some crude bombs exploded at Khejuri. Trinamool Congress sources claimed that CPI(M) workers were making bombs in their houses at Goga when the explosion occurred.

East Midnapore district superintendent of police SS Panda said that he would look into the matter.

District Magistrate (East Midnapore) Anup Agarwal and Superintendent of Police SS Panda met members of the newly- constituted Trinamul Congress-dominated Panchayat Samiti to chalk out solutions.

At least 15 Trinamool Congress workers were injured in clashes on Tuesday.

The violence between CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress activists resurfaced here after Niranjan Mondal, a CPI(M) district committee secretary, was shot dead on August 6 at Rajaramchak area of Nandigram.