Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Women’s panel slams CPM

The Statesman

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Dec. 4: On a fact-finding visit to Nandigram on 24 November, a women’s team consisting of social activists, teachers, researchers and students, have released an “Interim Report of an Independent Citizens’ Team from Kolkata on the Current State of Affairs in Nandigram”, which says “people of Nandigram are living in the terror of the CPI-M which is out to extract vengeance on the BUPC and its supporters”.
Concerned over the repeated disruption of peace in the region, 11 women ~ Kavita Panjabi, Anuradha Kapoor, Rajashri Dasgupta, Saswati Ghosh, Shyamoli Das, Swapna Banerjee, Trina Nileena Banerjee, Shuktara Lal, Sushmita Sinha, Shubhasree Bhattacharya and Sourinee Mirdha ~ decided to visit the affected areas and talk to local people, with the objective of documenting people’s needs in the current circumstances, and drawing up recommendations.
The report says “criminals who have killed, sexually assaulted and injured people continue to threaten the population of the villages. Many who had tried to return to their villages but had to come back to the relief camp spoke of bombs and firing that they heard even on the 23 November night when they had tried to return to their homes. And the night-time threats, especially against women, also continue. Across all the villages, people testified to the complete loss of political freedom. The people in the camp, as well as the majority in the villages, have lost all confidence in the government, administration and police”.

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