Fresh incidents of violence reported in Nandigram

Fresh incidents of bombing, firing and setting houses on fire were reported from the trouble-torn Nandigram on Saturday, reports Sujit Nath.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2007 21:28 IST
Sujit Nath

Fresh incidents of bombing, firing and setting houses on fire were reported from the trouble-torn Nandigram on Saturday.

Police said since morning CPI (M) cadres and the supporters of Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) clashed with each other at several villages including Tekhali Bazaar, Jalpai, Bhangabhera and Kalicharanpur of Nandigram Block-I.

Western Range, Arun Gupta said, "Incidents of firing and hurling bombs were also reported from some areas. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported."

The situation turned violent around 4 am after a large number of CPI (M) supporters attacked a house and a bakery belonging to one Amal Maity in Gokulnagar village.

Maity, an active member of BUPC, out of fear fled away with his family.
In retaliation a large number of BUPC activists gathered at the villages and challenged the CPI (M) activists for attacking BUPC activists. Later they clashed with each other leading to a fresh tension in the entire area.

Following the incident a large contingent of police forces were rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Police pickets were deployed at Thekhali Bridge, Sonachura and Thenguar Khal to prevent further such clashes.

A senior Trinamool Congress leader Abu Taher said, "If they are thinking that by setting houses in fire will led to their victory, then I think they are underestimating us."

He alleged that apart from setting houses on fire, CPI (M) cadres also looted cash, jewelleries and garments from their houses.

"Several people received severe splinter injuries. We also have information that few of our members went missing in the clash. We lodged complaint in the local police," Taher said.

However, Kejuri CPI (M) Gram Panchayat Member Sadhin Pramanik rubbished the allegation made by the opposition leaders. He said, "It was BUPC activists who attacked on our villages and instigated the clashes."

Last night also there was some incidents of bombing at Talpatti and Bhangabhera areas. Since last months incidents of clashes and killing at Nandigram is keeping the local administration tense and worried.

On January 6, five persons were killed in a clash at Sonachura village.
Similarly, on January 17, a Trinamool Congress activist was murdered by an unknown assailant at Nandigram in East Midnapore.

The man has been identified as Arup Das, 28. He was killed for his strong hold in the area for continuing the movement against land acquisition for the proposed SEZ.

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First Published: Feb 17, 2007 21:28 IST