Nandigram: Violence again flared up today at Nandigram, the site of violent protests over the proposed acquisition of land for a SEZ, as bombs were hurled, gunshots fired and people beaten up.
Since last night, bombs were being hurled from Khejuri towards Nandigram and gunshots were heard in Kedorabarchak area, a PTI correspondent said.
Sporadic clashes have occurred since Friday night at Nandigram between supporters of the CPI-M and the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee, which is spearheading the protest against land acquisition for a SEZ to be set up there by Indonesia’s Salim Group.
Satyen Karan, a resident of Dangra locality, was beaten up when he went to Tekhali Bazar yesterday and found his shop being looted.
Karan, who filed a complaint with the police, was admitted to a primary health centre at Nandigram.
A copy of the complaint, with the police seal, was shown to the correspondent.
Amalendu Maity, who was injured by armed persons yesterday, was released after first-aid. He also informed police about the attack.
Houses were set ablaze, shops were looted and some people were reported missing from the area yesterday.
The Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee today organised a procession in Tekhali Bazar to protest the looting of shops and damage to property yesterday.
BUPC convenor Sheikh Sufiyan today vowed that the body would resist attempts by the CPI-M to foment trouble in the area. He said 11 shops were looted in Tekhali Bazar yesterday.
BUPC members alleged that a mob of 200 to 300 CPI-M supporters set ablaze four houses, including a bakery at Tekhali Bazar village, where jewellery and garment shops were looted.