There is a qualitative improvement in the situation at Nandigram, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said.
Only stray incidents of violence took place due to rumour-mongering and misunderstanding, Bhattacharjee said on Thursday, after Congress Legislature Party Leader Manas Bhuiyan said there were fresh clashes in Nandigram.
Bhattacharjee told the state Assembly that the CRPF which were deployed in Nandigram in November was withdrawn in phases following improvement in the situation.
The last battalion had left on July 5, he said.
The chief minister also appealed to CRPF authorities to reciprocate the state's move by withdrawing cases against the state police filed during the panchayat elections in May this year since his government has also withdrawn the case against a CRPF DIG.
Bhattarcharjee said at one stage of the agitation in Nandigram, Maoists had entered and organised violence.
He alleged that the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee and the Matangini Mahila Samity "which had Maoists in their ranks were working in tandem with the Trinamool Congress in Nandigram".
He urged the Trinamool Congress, which had captured the East Midnapur Zilla Parishad in the recent panchayat polls, to come forward for dialogue to help improve the situation further.
Trinamool Congress which raised an adjournment motion seeking re-deployment of CRPF in Nandigram walked out of the House when Speaker H A Halim rejected it, but allowed a TC legislator to read out the motion.