6 killed, 15 hurt in Nandigram police firing

The Trinamool Cong calls for a 12-hr West Bengal bandh on Friday in protest against the incident, reports Sujit Nath.
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Updated on Mar 14, 2007 06:47 PM IST
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None | BySujit Nath, Nandigram

At least six people were killed while 15 others were seriously injured after a large contingent of police entered Nandigram in east Midnapore district and opened fire and clashed with local people on Wednesday morning. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll to more than 10.

Trinamul congress has called a 12-hour Bangla bandh on Friday.

Eye witnesses said that the trouble started when the police contingent started entering the area, which had been a focal point of controversy for the past few months over villagers’ resistance to build in an SEZ there, from the Bhangabera side.

According eyewitnesses police fiercely combated all attempts from the villagers who were trying to prevent them. There was a procession of women which came in between the cross fire and many fell dead.

At about 8 am more than 2,000 policemen armed with AK-47 and other sophisticated weapons entered Sonachura village through Khejuri. They first fired in the air but that did not deter the protestors. Then the firing started resulting in the deaths. A section of villagers were armed and they retaliated and injured several policemen.

Following the incident, the opposition members staged a walk out and called for state wide protests. Even non-CPI(M) partners of the Left Front criticized the police action.

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