Journalists allegedly fired at in Nandigram
Violence continues for the 3rd day in Nandigram with about 25 rounds fired and bombs hurled from a brick kiln at neighbouring Kejuri.india Updated: Jun 17, 2007 19:58 IST
Journalists were allegedly fired at as violence continued in Nandigram for the third consecutive day on Sunday with more than 25 rounds fired and bombs hurled from a brick kiln at neighbouring Kejuri.
Police sources in Nandigram said the shots were fired and the bombs thrown allegedly by CPI-M cadres from a brick kiln from where ten persons with sophisticated firearms were arrested after the March 14 police firing in which 14 people were killed.
No one, however, was injured, they said.
A PTI correspondent present at the site said five journalists travelling on two motorbikes were fired at from the 'Janani' brick kiln but they jumped off their bikes and took shelter in a nearby house.
IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia and IGP (Western Range) Arun Gupta, however, denied any such incident had taken place.
"We had heard of the incident. We verified it but found it to be untrue," Kanojia said in Kolkata.
It asked people over microphones since Sunday morning to stay indoors and not venture out in view of the hurling of bombs.
The BUPC charged the police deployed near the area remained mute spectators.
The latest round of violence, which began on June 15 when four police personnel were injured in bomb blasts and firing allegedly by Trinamool Congress-backed BUPC, dealt a blow to the ongoing peace process in Nandigram.
On Saturday too, BUPC and CPI-M activists fired and hurled bombs at each other injuring five persons. Police had to fire in the air to disperse the two warring sides.
Most areas in Nandigram in East Midnapore district still remain out of bounds for the police as they are unable to enter with roads in the area dug up since January when the violence first flared.
First Published: Jun 17, 2007 19:14 IST