• Most areas still out of bounds: police
  • SUCI to observe "Save Nandigram" week

    Nandigram: West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has called for immediate restoration of peace in Nandigram as police fired in the air to disperse armed members of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) and the CPI (M) who clashed there for the second day on Saturday. The police fired after the BUPC and CPI (M) cadres traded gunfire and hurled bombs at each other at Tekhalibazar leading to fresh tension, East Midnapore district superintendent of police G.A. Srinivas said.

    Five persons were injured in the clashes, he said.

    Ashok Guria, member of CPI (M)-backed Krishak Sabha, said the firing was to ward off BUPC supporters who tried to `occupy' Khejuri, a CPI (M) stronghold.

    The police said most areas in Nandigram still remained out of bounds for them and they were unable to enter as roads in the area remained dug up since January when violence first flared.

    In Kolkata, the Governor, speaking to reporters, condemned the fresh violence.The Governor went to the SSKM hospital to visit police inspector Prabhat Kumar Sarkar who is recovering from bullet injuries he received in the head at Nandigram on Friday .

    `Save Nandigram' week

    The Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), a left opposition party, on Saturday gave a call to observe "Save Nandigram" week from Sunday .

    Party's state secretary Pravash Ghose said the programme was to demand punishment for the police personnel responsible for the March 14 firing at Nandigran, compensation to the injured and a halt to "attacks by CPI-M cadres".

    He alleged that on the one hand the CPI-M was holding peace meetings here, while on the other, it was "organising attacks against the people at Nandigram from Khejuri." PTI