Special Correspondent

Kolkata: Sporadic incidents of violence continued for the second day in the Nandigram area of West Bengal’s Purbo Medinipur district on Monday on the eve of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s visit there.

A bandh was observed by the Trinamool Congress-led Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh [Resistance against Land Eviction] Committee (BUPC) in Nandigram Block I and II in protest against the attack on its supporters, allegedly by those of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the area on Sunday. There were fresh clashes between the two groups in the Satengabari and Chowringhee More areas in which several people were injured, some of them seriously.

Leaders of the BUPC and the CPI(M) traded charges of instigating the violence.

The situation is tense and there were sporadic clashes between those supporting and opposing the bandh, Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray said here.

“We are prepared [to face any eventuality] and enough police forces have been deployed in the area,” he said.

The Nandigram area, rocked by intermittent violence over 11 months last year, had remained relatively peaceful since the second week of November 2007 till trouble broke out on Sunday. “Apparently, some misunderstanding continues to persist between the two sides,” Mr. Ray said.

Personnel of the Indian Reserve Battalion that had been moved out of Nandigram to north Bengal earlier will be returning to bolster security in view of the Chief Minister’s visit to Nandigram on Tuesday, Mr. Ray said.

Mr. Bhattacharjee will be going to Nandigram to distribute pattas for 226 acres to members of more than 1,710 families in the area.