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Firing in Nandigram, girl injured

A girl is injured in an exchange of fire between activists of the CPI-M and Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Nandigram
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2007 05:04 PM IST

A girl was injured in Nandigram on Friday in an exchange of fire between activists of the CPI-M and the Trinamool Congress-backed Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee, which is opposing the acquisition of land for industries.

Superintendent of Police GA Srinivas told that the little girl was injured when she was caught in the crossfire between the two sides that are based in Khejuri and Sonachura areas.

He said the firing lasted for 30 minutes from noon.

Asked what led to the firing, Srinivas merely said, "Nothing".

Srinivas also said no arrest was made.

Two days ago, police fired five rounds in the air at Mahespur village to rescue a local CPI-M leader from the clutches of members of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee.

A day earlier, police had fired in the air after women members of the Committee tried to attack a camp at Tekhalibazar, where CPI-M supporters who had fled their homes following recent clashes were sheltered.

Nandigram block II has been the scene of recurring clashes over the issue of acquisition of land for a SEZ to be set up by Indonesia's Salim Group. The acquisition has been put on hold by the state government.

Six persons were killed on January 7 in violence in Nandigram, while an intelligence officer was lynched there by a mob exactly a month later.

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