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Arms and ammunition seized in Nandigram

Firearms and ammunition were seized today from the house of a CPI-M activist at Chowringhee Bazar in Nandigram.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2008 21:20 IST

Firearms and ammunition were seized on Sunday from the house of a CPI-M activist at Chowringhee Bazar in Nandigram.

The superintendent of Police of East Midnapore district, Ashok Prasad, said that eight pistols, eight guns, eight hockey sticks and 251 live cartridges were recovered today from Hasina Bibi's house.

Middle-aged Hasina's husband and son were absconding but she was detained for questioning, the police said.

According to her version, a group of youths riding motorbikes had kept the arms and ammunition on the first-floor veranda of her two-storey building and asked them to keep silent.

SP Prasad said they acted on the basis of a complaint lodged by Abu Taher, the leader of Bhoomi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC), the anti-land acquisition body, at Nandigram police station that ammunition and arms were being stockpiled there.

Admitting that Hasina was a CPI-M supporter, local CPI-M leader Ashok Bera alleged Trinamool Congress leaders in her house to create trouble in Nandigram kept the arms.

Taher complained that the arms were being supplied from outside for use against those who protested against land acquisition for the proposed SEZ there.

First Published: Nov 23, 2008 21:18 IST