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Uneasy calm prevails in Nandigram

In protest against Saturday's violence, Trinamool has called for an indefinite 'halt Bengal' strike from today.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2007 14:04 IST

A day after two people were killed in clashes in Nandigram, an uneasy calm prevailed in Nandigram on Sunday even as Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee left for the strife-torn village despite blockades put up by CPI (M) cadres at different points.

Banerjee took a roundabout way through Panskura instead of the normal route of NH41 while proceeding to the village.

Roads wore a deserted look as Marxist supporters were seen gathering at certain locations in the village. The Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committe activists too assembled before a hospital where most of the injured were being treated.

Meanwhile, IGP (Law and Order), Raj Kanoji told PTI in Kolkata that one battalion of CRPF had arrived today and the jawans would soon be deployed in Nandigram. The outbreak of fresh violence forced the Centre last night to announce dispatch of 1,000 additional CRPF personnel for Nandigram, earlier sought by the state government.

BUPC activists on Saturday forcing the police to fire teargas at them on Sunday deployed in front of the police station to prevent attacks on them similar to those carried out police forces.

In protest against Saturday's violence, Trinamool Congress has called for an indefinite 'halt Bengal' strike from Sunday, while Congress, SUCI and CPI (ML-Lib) called a 24-hour shutdown on Monday and a similar one by BJP for 48 hours.

The RSP, the ruling Left Front partner, which has announced its protest against CPI(M) role in Nandigram and with one of its minister Khsiti Goswami expressing his desire to resign from the ministry, is to meet in Kolkata on November 13 to decide its future course of action.

First Published: Nov 11, 2007 12:55 IST