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Rights panel team visits Nandigram

kolkata Updated: Nov 15, 2007 21:02 IST

A six-member team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday visited Nandigram in West Bengal to assess the situation there after last week's violence, and to suggest remedial measures.

The team headed by Senior Superintendent of Police SP Singh went around the violence-racked villages in East Midnapore district and talked to affected people.

Later, the team held a meeting with senior police and district officials.

"The NHRC team went to the affected areas and talked to the people. They also went to the relief camps and inquired after their problems," East Midnapore Superintendent of Police SS Panda told IANS.

The team was also looking into the role of police and the local administration to ascertain whether there had been any lapse on their part.

Earlier, the NHRC issued a notice to the West Bengal government, directing it to submit within 10 days a factual report on the condition prevailing in Nandigram.

It had also asked the union home ministry to take all necessary steps to restore peace in the area and submit an action-taken report within two weeks.

The move by the commission comes even as the situation in Nandigram remained tense with sporadic incidents of violence reported almost daily.

The commission had received messages from social activists, including Medha Patkar who was allegedly attacked by cadres of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) when she tried to enter Nandigram.

Violence in Nandigram has claimed 34 lives since January, when the region flared up over proposed land acquisition for industry. The plan was scrapped later in the face of stiff resistance by villagers.

Since then a turf war between the CPI-M and a Trinamool Congress-backed group has broken out repeatedly.