The former Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, said on Saturday that the police action in Nandigram in the West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district during the erstwhile Left Front government was not to acquire land forcefully but to put a check Maoist activities in the area.

His remarks are significant in the wake of rebel Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman claiming on Friday that Maoists were part of the Trinamool Congress led front that opposed land acquisition in Nandigram and had helped the party to come to power in the 2011 Assembly elections.

He was addressing a public rally at Chandipur near Nandigram in the district.