Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Bombs hurled near Nandigram

Monday, February 12, 2007 (Nandigram) (Press Trust of India):

Suspected CPI-M workers on Monday night hurled bombs indiscriminately at Tekhali Bazar near Nandigram setting off panic.

Nandigram is the scene of opposition agitation against proposed farmland acquisition for SEZ.

A core committee member of the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (Save Eviction Committee) Abu Tayeb said the bombs rained on from the side of Khejuri towards Nandigram.

The villagers came out of their houses and assembled at Tekhali Bazar in panic.

Meanwhile, 50 peasant women belonging to the committee gheraoed the local police station demanding return of normalcy in the area, which witnessed prolonged violence since last month over acquisition of farmland for the proposed SEZ.

The women also demanded restoration of ferry services, which was stopped in the wake of the violence, investigation into violent incidents, withdrawal of 'false cases' and government action against 'intimidation by CPI (M) cadres' to the peasants.

The women also held a rally, attended by about 3,000 people, near the police station voicing their demands.

The speakers said the car of a team of women intellectuals, who were coming from outside to participate in the rally, had been intercepted by CPI (M) cadres near Nandigram.

Police, however, said they had received no such complaint.


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