KOLKATA: Fresh violence erupted in the troubled Nandigram area of West Bengal’s Purbo Medinipur district on Sunday involving supporters of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and those of the Trinamool Congress-backed Bhoomi Ucched Pratirdoh Committee.
According to reports reaching here, trouble broke out when CPI (M) supporters took out a procession condemning Saturday’s police firing on Left activists which claimed six lives in Andhra Pradesh’s Khammam district and to celebrate the recent Left Front victory in the civic polls in nearby Haldia.
Those in the procession were suddenly attacked by Committee supporters who also fired shots and hurled bombs at the CPI(M)’s zonal committee office at Nandigram, Ashok Bera, secretary of the party’s zonal committee told The Hindu.
Five persons were injured in the clash that followed. The police who rushed to the CPI (M) office used batons to disperse the troublemakers, a police official said.
“It appears that Nandigram is not within West Bengal,” veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu said. “Peace is still to return to the area even though I have been told that the peace process [involving leaders of the parties concerned] started on Sunday.”
“It is very unfortunate; I feel very bad,” Mr. Basu said referring to the day’s violence, adding that “despite all provocations it is a matter of pride” that the Left Front won the Haldia elections.