Saturday, December 15, 2007

Comrades’ rally to Nandigram CBI camp

Statesman News Service
NANDIGRAM, Dec. 9: In what seems to be a bid to keep CBI officers, probing the 14 March Nandigram carnage, under pressure, CPI-M leaders led a rally to the CBI’s Sitananda College camp office in Nandigram today alleging that miscreants backed by the Bhumi Ucched Protirodh Committee (BUPC) had hurled bombs at them on 14 March, prompting policemen to open fire.
More than 50 CPI-M supporters today met CBI officers and alleged that they had been terrorised by BUPC supporters from January to November this year and that they had been driven out of their homes by the BUPC men.
Meanwhile, six persons, including both the BUPC and CPI-M supporters, were arrested from various places in Nandigram I and Nandigram II blocks today in connection with the series of violence that took place in violence-hit villages in Nandigram since January this year. The district police and officers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had made the arrests.
A senior state police officer said that sleuths from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who are enquiring into the recovery of charred human bones during a CRPF operation on 5 December, visited the spot in Khejuri today.
The investigating agency has also served notice on some people and asked them to come to the CBI camp office for interrogation. A CBI officer said that they have started preparing a list of the persons involved in the 14 March carnage on the basis of statements of victims. A total 42 CBI officers have spoken to 92 Nandigram residents regarding the police firing that left many people dead.
Unconfirmed sources said that the Central agency had already identified 27 people (not policemen) who had opened fire on Nandigram people on that day. A CBI officer said that they would request authorities of Nandigram block hospital, Tamluk hospital and SSKM hospital to furnish the list of persons of Nandigram who were injured in the 14 March carnage and were treated in these hospitals. This will help CBI sleuths find out those who had fired bullets on the agitating people of Nandigram.
Meanwhile, CRPF officers took initiatives to ensure peace in the violence-hit villages in Nandigram. The CRPF officers have been organising peace meetings at villages. Supporters from both the BUPC and the CPI-M are attending the meetings, said a CRPF officer. The CRPF jawans also distributed relief materials to residents of Satengabari, Girirbazar, Kamalpur and Ranichowk villages.