Friday, May 23, 2008

Nandigram: Violence after Declaration of Poll Results


Rivals clash again in Nandigram

Special Correspondent

5 injured, security tightened

Biman Bose appeals for peace

Bodies of two missing persons found at Domkul

Kolkata: Fresh violence erupted at Nandigram in West Bengal’s Purbo Medinipur district on Thursday, a day after the Trinamool Congress’s resounding victory in the panchayat elections in the area.

Supporters of the Trinamool and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) clashed and hurled bombs at each other at Satengabari and Sonachura, according to reports reaching here. Five persons were injured.

Leaders of the parties blamed supporters of the rival groups for the trouble. Security has been strengthened in the affected areas.

Mamata’s charge

Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, who described her party’s victory in Nandigram as a verdict against the “CPI(M)’s reign of terror” there, held the CPI(M) responsible for the fresh spurt of violence. “They [CPI(M) supporters] have started their terror tactics again, even after suffering reverses in the panchayat elections.”

Biman Bose, Left Front Committee chairman, appealed to all constituents of the Front and the Opposition to maintain the peace.

Meanwhile, the bodies of two persons, stated to be CPI(M) supporters, were found at Domkul in Murshidabad district, the scene of violence during the May 18 elections.

The two had been reported missing since Wednesday evening, after the zilla parishad election results were announced. They were killed after having been abducted by political rivals, said Animal Resources Minister Anisur Rahaman, who hails from the district.

He apprised Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of the developments in Murshidabad and sought additional security forces there.

On the polls in Murshidabad district, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi alleged that the local administration was partisan in the run-up to and during the elections.

Thaindian News

Clashes erupt in Nandigram after poll results

May 21st, 2008

Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) Clashes were reported from Nandigram in East Midnapore district of West Bengal Wednesday evening, after results of the panchayat (village council) polls were declared. Sources said, “The activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Trinamool Congress hurled crude bombs at each other in the trouble-prone areas of Garchakraberia, Sonachura and Adhikaripara in Nandigram. No one was injured.”

East Midnapore district, where Nandigram is located, jolted the CPI-M-led Left Front, which lost the zilla parishad - the top tier of the state’s panchayat system - to the Trinamool Congress after an uninterrupted reign of 30 years since 1978.

However, West Bengal Inspector General (law and order) Raj Kanojia told IANS: “I have received no reports of violence. The counting of votes is over peacefully across all the districts.”

The Statesman

CPM-BUPC clashes continue in Nandigram


Statesman News Service
TAMLUK, May 22: Clashes continued unabated in Nandigram between supporters of the CPI-M and the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) members, leaving at least 17 persons injured since since last night. Among the injured, seven persons belong to the CPI-M while the rest belong to the BUPC.
The injured CPI-M supporters have been admitted to the Tamluk district hospital and Reyapara hospital while the BUPC activists have been admitted to the Nandigram block hospital.
Trouble broke out when the CPI-M workers hurled a bomb towards BUPC supporters at Sonachura village this morning. The BUPC workers also hurled bombs at their CPI-M adversaries in retaliation.
According to the police, attacks and counter attacks were reported from various areas including Sonachura, Bhimkata, Bhekutia, Daudpur, Dinabandhupur, Bhangabera, Gokulnagar, Balarampur and Satengabari. Leaders of bothy the parties alleged that their opponents had ransacked many houses and assaulted party workers.
Meanwhile, CPI-M workers had blocked different roads with logs and disrupted traffic movement at Sutarmore, Jadubani and other areas in Nandigram for a few hours but they lifted the blockades when the CRPF jawans patrolling the areas intervened.