MIDNAPORE, Oct. 30: The death of 30-year-old Gobinda Singh, a resident of Belda area in Midnapore West, in Saturday’s blast at the house of the CPI-M activist Mr Bhanu Maity at Sherkhachowk in Khejuri, Midnapore East confirmed that the CPI-M mobilised their action squad members from outside in last week’s armed operation to wrest Nandigram from Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC). Four other Marxist goons were also killed in the blast and several others badly injured caused during bomb manufacturing session at the place.
A victim Gourhari Maity, 30, confessed on his deathbed at the Tamluk district hospital that they were manufacturing bombs when the blast occurred. Nevertheless, the Khejuri CPI-M leader, Mr Himangshu Das, alleged that the BUPC men hurled bombs at the Sherkhanchowk Relief Camp. Mr Bhanu Maity has not been arrested as the police at the diktats of the CPI-(M) has also tried to suppress the killing of their hired hoodlums in the blast.
Besides Gobinda Singh, another action squad member Kanu Singh of Ramnagar is also missing. He is suspected to have been killed in the blast. Gobinda Sing’s acquaintances said that he had been living in Khejuri for a long time. But according to his sister, Ms Pratima Sing, the party leaders of Belda claim that Gobinda has been missing for some time from Khejuri.
After the incident a profound gloom reigns at the village and Gobinda's widow has left it. Ramnagar is notorious for having an action squad of the CPI-M who is adept in bomb manufacture. In 1999, four people were killed in the blast at a local CPI-M leader's, Mr Lalmohan Sing, house while manufacturing bombs.
However, CPI-M’s Belda zonal committee secretary, Mr Bhaskar Dutta, refused to comment over the fate of Gobinda and Kanu.
Friday, November 2, 2007