Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Nandigram: CBI likely to resume probe today


Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Nov 26: An eight-member-team of the CBI reached Haldia this evening and is likely to resume the inquiry into the 14 March carnage in Nandigram tomorrow.
The Calcutta High Court, while delivering a judgement in the Nandigram firing case, had directed the CBI to continue with the inquiry into the Nandigram incident and asked the agency to submit a comprehensive report to it within a month. Earlier, the CBI submitted a report to the High Court on 22 March.
The CBI will conduct a thorough and detailed investigation. The three most important aspects of the inquiry will be the firing over the Bhangabera bridge, in which the CPI-M goons collated and collaborated with the police, arms haul and arrest of ten CPI-M activists from the Janani brick kiln and the firing in Adhikarypara. Cases have been registered by the CBI regarding all the three incidents.
The report should clearly set out the crimes that have been committed against any individual. The victims should be identified. The offenders should be identified. The report should state whether any departmental action or criminal proceedings have been initiated against any individuals or officers who have transgressed any provision of law.
Meanwhile, the CRPF today detained five persons at Tekhali Bazar and Satengabari and seized live cartridges and bombs before handing them over to the police. Three bullets were recovered from the residence of one Ratan Shit in Simulkundu this afternoon and he was later picked up from near Tekhali Bazar. Mr Alok Raj, DIG-CRPF said: “There are several other cases against Ratan and even today, we found three live and a used bullet from his house. He has been arrested by state police.” Later in the evening, CRPF jawans nabbed one Adud Ali, allegedly a CPI-M supporter, from Satengabari.
“He is wanted in two counts of rape and one count of attempt to murder”, said Mr Raj. Four of his accomplices, however, managed to escape. The CRPF also raided several houses in Satengabri after being informed that bombs are being manufactured. “But we found nothing and four persons were let off after interrogation,” the DIG said.
Meanwhile, leading international human rights organisations, Amnesty International India and Human Rights Watch will also sent a joint team to Nandigram between 28 and 30 November. A two-member team of the National Commission for Minorities will also visit Nandigram tomorrow