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Crucial meet on Nandigram tomorrow

The crucial all-party peace committee meeting on Sunday at Tamluk District Magistrate's office to restore peace in Nandigram is unlikely to yield any positive result, reports Arindam Sarkar.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2007 22:22 IST

The crucial all-party peace committee meeting on Sunday at Tamluk District Magistrate's office to restore peace in Nandigram is unlikely to yield any positive result.

Though Trinamool Congress that abstained from the last three peace meetings – on February 19, February 22 and March 10 – is going to participate in the meeting, the mood within the Trinamool-led Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee is far from happy.

In the last three days, Trinamool Congress East Midnapore District president Sisir Adhikari and Trinamool MLA Suvendu Adhikari have held more than 30 meetings to gauge and mobilise the opinion of Nandigram to participate in the peace meeting.

But majority of the people of Nandigram have refused to attend the meeting, as they still have no confidence in the administration and the CPI(M). "There is a major division in the party and the Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee, majority of the people have decided to stay away because of the existing tension in Nandigram. However, if Mamata Banerjee wants we will attend and vent our grievances," said Sisir Adhikari.

However, at no cost will Trinamool's participation in the peace-meeting end the ongoing movement in Nandigram. For peace to return, Suvendu Adhikari informed, the CPI(M) must immediately stop their repeated attacks at Nandigram from Gangamore and Khejuri. People believe that any day, there could be a CPI(M) retaliation from these areas.

It is learnt that Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee is unhappy with the administration for not fulfilling any of the demands made by them after the March 14 mayhem at Nandigram. The Bhumi Committee had demanded immediate stopping of firing and bombings by the CPI(M) cadre along the border areas of Nandigram.

They have demanded release of their men now put up in the Tamluk Jail, arrest of all those CPI(M) cadres and police directly and indirectly involved in the Nandigram massacre of March 14, withdrawal of cases slapped against the innocent farmers and immediate arrest of Harmat Bahini operators being trained in Khejuri and Gangamore.

"All these have only remained in paper. Nothing has been done; instead division in the CPI(M) in Kolkata has further unnerved the people of Nandigram. While some CPI(M) leaders are for peace, their soldiers in the field are refusing to take orders from them. In this situation, peace can never return in Nandigram," said Trinamool Congress District vice-president Chittranjan Maity.

District Magistrate Anoop Agrawal, who will be the coordinator of the meeting, is also keeping his fingers crossed. Upset with the violence done at the venue of the last meeting by the BJP workers, Anoop Agrawal said unless the political outfits seriously want peace these meetings become baseless.

"We have to keep on talking. And I believe if all political parties agree to sit on the discussion table, something positive will definitely come out. So a patient hearing by all parties and articulate talks are what I am looking for on Sunday," said Anoop Agrawal.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Home Secretary PR Roy said now that the situation in Nandigram was normal, the all-party peace meeting on April 22 would be attended by Trinamool Congress and other opposition parties which comprise the Committee.

First Published: Apr 21, 2007 22:02 IST