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Fresh violence at Nandigram, two cops shot at

Members of a TMC-backed group, opposed to acquisition of farm land for industry, attack a relief camp.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2007 19:46 IST

Fresh violence rocked troubled Nandigram on Friday, with an attack on a relief camp by members of the Trinamool Congress-backed Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) leaving at least two policemen injured.

IGP (law and order) Raj Kanojia said in Kolkata that Inspector Prabhat Sarkar and a constable on duty near the relief camp at Bhangabera sustained bullet injuries during intermittent firing by members of the BUPC, which is spearheading the movement in Nandigram against acquisition of farm land for industry.

Sarkar, who was injured in the head during the firing from Sonachura area, is in a critical condition and was brought to state-run SSKM Hospital here, he said.

"We are ascertaining details of the injuries sustained by the constable," Kanojia said, blaming the BUPC of indulging in violence and opening fire at police.

Reinforcements were rushed to the spot and senior police officers are camping there.

Meanwhile, tension gripped Gokulnagar area in Nandigram when students ransacked a police camp inside a school to protest against the presence of police in the area for the past two months.

East Midnapore's Superintendent of Police G Srinivas said police would take proper action against the students involved in the incident.

First Published: Jun 15, 2007 17:19 IST