Thursday, December 4, 2008

Violence in Nandigram again

Attack on CPM Nandi march

Tamluk, Dec. 3: Nearly 500 CPM supporters who had fled homes in Nandigram following the May rural polls today abandoned immediate hopes of returning after Trinamul Congress mobs blocked their procession and hurled stones at them.

Led by Tamluk MP Lakshman Seth, the CPM had apparently organised the “peace march” to gauge the mood of the Opposition, which swept the polls, before its supporters could return home.

Trinamul activists first placed logs on the road to pre-vent Seth from reaching Sonachura for the march. From Sonachura, when Seth started on foot with some 3,000 people for Garchakraberia, 5km from Nandigram town, Trinamul supporters started hurling abuses and brickbats. Two CPM men had to be hospitalised.

Policemen chased the mobs away.

East Midnapore superintendent Ashok Prasad said the road was blocked at two places but “there were no clashes”.

“Trinamul wants to keep the Nandigram fire burning till the December 27 bylection. How can we ask our men to return home?” asked Seth.

Among the homeless are Naba Samanta, Anup Mondal, Tarak Mondal and Prabhati Pramanick, who won the panchayat polls in May but could not even take oath. “The entire area is surrounded by Trinamul activists and we can’t risk returning home,” said Anup, who stays in a party office about 10km from home.

Trinamul leader Abu Taher accused the CPM of trying to create trouble. “They were trying to bring in armed goons to Nandigram for the bypoll.”

Nandi violence

Tamluk, Dec. 4: Trinamul Congress and CPM activists clashed with bombs and improvised firearms in Nandigram today injuring 20 people.

This morning, Trinamul activists uprooted CPM flags and tore down festoons put up between Sonachura and Garchakraberia. In reply, about 100 CPM workers attacked the Trinamul activists with rods and sticks at Osmanchak. But later, about 100 Trinamul supporters beat up CPM local committee secretary Sheikh Based and his son.

Both sides hurled bombs and fired shots.

The exchange comes a day after Trinamul supporters blocked a CPM procession.

The East Midnapore administration has called an all-party meeting tomorrow.