Sunday, April 20, 2008

Rape being repeatedly used as a tool of terror in Nandigram

Nandigram woman ‘raped’ twice over

Calcutta/Tamluk, April 19: Suspected CPM workers allegedly raped a 45-year-old woman in Nandigram, a year after she was raped by another gang during the violence over land acquisition.

The woman and her husband, who was beaten up, were brought to SSKM Hospital in Calcutta this after- noon.

The hospital authorities have set up a four-member medical board, which will examine her on Monday.

Doctors at SSKM said the woman had swellings in her pelvic and pectoral regions and injuries on her elbow and other parts of the body. “She has been given antibiotics and sedatives. The rape charge can be confirmed only after an examination,” one of them said.

Police said a rape complaint had been filed. “If it is proved in the medical examination, the guilty will be arrested,” said S.S. Panda, the East Midnapore superintendent of police.

The woman is a resident of Gokulnagar village, around 165km from Calcutta, and a member of the Trinamul Congress-backed Bhoomi Uchchhed Pratirodh Committee.

Around 10 last night, a group of seven or eight — the complaint did not specify a number — raided the woman’s house.

“Hare Krishna Das and Snehangshu Das dragged me to a nearby paddy field, poured alcohol on my face and abused me. Then they raped me,” the woman told doctors at SSKM.

Snehangshu is a CPM candidate for the panchayat polls.

“We were asleep when they broke into our house,” said her husband, a farmer. “They started beating me mercilessly. They told me if we did not vote for the CPM, we would not be spared.”

On March 14, 2007, the woman had been raped by an alleged CPM gang. The CBI had detained local CPM leader Badal Garudas on the basis of her complaint.


Nandigram clashes continue, 15 hurt

Biswabrata Goswami
NANDIGRAM, April 19: Clashes continued for the second consecutive day in Nandigram between supporters of the Bhumi Ucched Protirodh Comm-ittee and the CPI-M.
At least 15 people were injured and two women were sexually harassed during the fighting ahead of the last withdrawal date of the nominations for the coming panchayat polls. Among the injured, 13 people were BUPC supporters and two people were CPI-M activists. The injured BUPC supporters have been admitted to the Tamluk district hospital in serious condition while the injured CPI-M activists were released from the local primary health centre after first aid.
Afraid of further attacks, about 300 BUPC supporters of Garcha-kraberia, Sona-chura, Adhikaripara and Gokul-nagar have already left their houses and taken shelter in the camps at Nandigram.To protest the CPI-M sponsored violence, the BUPC leaders have called a Thana-gherao programme at Nandigram tomorrow where the Trinamul Congress chief Miss Mamata Banerjee is likely to be present before attending a programme at Contai.
A 45-year-old woman of Adhikaripara in Gar-chakraberia, who was allegedly gang-raped after being dragged out of her house to a nearby field last night by a group of CPI-M goons, has been sent to the SSKM hospital in Kolkata for a medical examination today.
This woman was earlier gang-raped by CPI-M workers during the Nandi-gram recapture operation on 14 March last year. In connection with this incident, several CPI-M leaders have been accused and later, the sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two prominent CPI-M leaders.
Mr Taher also said “When we tried to rescue the injured persons to the hospital, the armed CPI-M men resisted us. We then lodged complaints with the Nandigram police but they refused to help us. We finally told the CRPF jawans who then came forward and helped us to take the injured persons to the hospital.”
Mr Ashoke Guria, secretariat member of the CPI-M Midnapore East district committee, blamed the Trinamul Congress for inviting violence and said, “They attacked our election rally first and washed off our walling at several places”.
Mr SS Panda, superintendent of police said no persons have been arrested in connection with the renewed violence yet.

Khejuri violence

NANDIGRAM, April 19: Fresh violence erupted at the Khejuri-II block development office this afternoon when three Trinamul Congress gram panchayat members , Mr Parimal Karan, Mr Suresh Das and Mr Subrata Mondol were kidnapped taken to the block office around 12 pm to withdraw their nomination by the CPI-M workers. One of them being a local leader of Trinamul.
This led to a clash between Trinamul Congress and CPI-M workers inside the block office, which lasted for about three hours, leaving three persons injured.
Informed about the gathering of the two parties, the block administration had deployed a large contingent of police there but finally, to disperse the mob from the BDO campus, the cops of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) had to resort to lathicharge on them. SNS