Trinamool Congress workers are in cohorts with armed Maoist groups to pursue mischievous plans to keep Nandigram on the boil, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said in New Delhi on Monday after the two-day Politburo meeting.
<b1>He added that the West Bengal government will rebuff such attempts and ensure that normalcy returns and the evicted people are able to return to their homes and cultivate their fields. Quoting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as having said that Maoists were “the biggest threat to national security”, Karat said in Nandigram the ultras were building bunkers and laying landmines.
The Congress, meanwhile, intensified its attack on the CPM. “Nandigram is an example of politics of annihilation and revenge,” said Union I&B Minister PR Das Munsi.
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission on Monday sought a report from the West Bengal government. The Commission decided to send its team to make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.
In Nandigram, the CPM cadres finally “permitted” entry to both central forces and select visitors for the first time on Monday. The Hindustan Times team, which was one of the first to reach the spot on Monday, encountered a deathly calm in most of the villages, broken only by distant sounds of exploding crude bombs or processions of celebrating CPM workers. The party’s red flags were everywhere, but village residents were hardly to be seen. Most of them had fled following the CPM onslaught, leaving fields and houses empty.
The CRPF finally entered Nandigram on Monday, said IG (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia in Kolkata.
Tales of assault and even torture were heard from the few who had stayed behind. "More than 30 men with guns stormed the house and dragged us out," said Sandhya Pal of Jambari village. The houses of active members of the Bhoomi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC), which had been controlling the villages earlier, were specially targeted.
Late Monday, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banrejee refuted Karat’s charge that her party took the help of Maoists in Nandigram.
Banerjee said, “Those who had gone to Nepal and talked to Maoists are now shouting about the Maoists here.” Banerjee said 11 days after blocking Nandigram, Karat came on the stage to protect a 'government which indulged in killing. “Why was the media barred from entering Nandigram? They could have gone and reported if there were Maoists activities there,” she said.