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HC asks W Bengal Govt to ensure normal life in Nandigram

Calcutta HC directs the state govt to ensure normal life in the troubled villages of East Midnapore district following the submission of a status report.

india Updated: May 03, 2007 16:54 IST

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed the West Bengal government to ensure normal life in the troubled Nandigram villages of East Midnapore district after the state submitted a status report, saying that situation there was very serious.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice SS Nijjar and Justice PC Ghose directed the government to provide ration, kerosene and other essentials to the thousands of people rendered homeless owing to continuing clashes in the area since January over a notification for land acquisition.

Observing that prima facie it appeared that the people of Nandigram have been denied fundamental rights under Article 21, the court also asked the government to ensure that they did not face any obstruction in going to markets, schools and colleges.

The state would have to provide free medical assistance to the residents of the affected area marred by sporadic violence.

The government had earlier placed a status report, conceding that situation in Nandigram was very serious and that two warring groups were fighting continuously.

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