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KOLKATA: One person, stated to be a supporter of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), was shot dead on Thursday in fresh violence in the Nandigram area of West Bengal’s Purbo Medinipur district.

The victim, Dulal Garudas, was in a procession taken out by the CPI(M) in protest against Wednesday’s murder of a local party leader before he was gunned down.

The local CPI(M) leadership accused the Trinamool Congress-backed Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh (Resistance against Eviction from Land) Committee (BUPC) of being behind the killings.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has called an all-party meeting in Tamluk – the district headquarters – on Saturday to discuss the spurt in violence in Nandigram over the past few days and find ways to restore peace.

Home Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakravarty is expected to visit Nandigram within a day or two.

There were reports of clashes between supporters of the CPI(M) and the BUPC from different parts of Nandigram.

A 24-bandh had been called by the district Left Front in protest against the murder Niranjan Mondal, secretary of the CPI(M)’s Rajaramchak local committee, on Wednesday.

Trinamool denial

Local Trinamool Congress leaders have denied the involvement of their supporters in the killings. Party chief Mamata Banerjee has demanded the re-deployment of the CRPF in the area and removal of the officer-in-charge of the local thana.

Biman Bose, Secretary of the CPI(M)’s West Bengal State Committee said here that what was going on in Nandigram was the politics of individual killings.

“It is not desirable that such acts be a part of the programme of any political party. But in the name of the BUPC, some outfits, including Maoists, were carrying out such activities, with the Trinamool Congress providing them the opportunity to do so,” he added.