Kolkata: One person was killed and two injured in fresh clashes between supporters of West Bengal’s ruling CPI-M and the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC), spearheading an anti-land acquisition movement, here on Sunday, leading Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to seek the Prime Minister’s intervention.
Police said one person was shot dead and two others sustained bullet injuries during clashes between CPI-M supporters and members of the Trinamool Congress-led BUPC at Nandigram block-II in East Midnapore district.
However, sources in BUPC claimed two people were killed and four others injured in the clashes.
Local police officials said bombs were hurled and gunfire exchanged between CPI-M and BUPC activists as clashes continued for the third consecutive day in Nandigram.
They said trouble began this morning when about 100 to 200 people from Khejuri tried to enter Nandigram in batches.
Trinamool Congress MLA Sisir Adhikari alleged that CPI-M cadres from Khejuri were attacking people in Nandigram and creating a reign of terror.
The violence continued despite chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s statement that a proposed chemical hub would not be set up in Nandigram in the wake of large-scale violence in the area on 14 March that left 14 people dead.
“We have already informed the Prime Minister’s office about the situation in Nandigram and sought his intervention to stop the unabated violence there,” Banerjee said.
“Our MP Dinesh Tribedi will lead an NDA delegation to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam shortly to inform him about the happenings in Nandigram,” she told reporters here.
Banerjee appealed to all parties except the ruling CPI-M to take to the streets on Monday to demand the restoration of peace in Nandigram.
Claiming that “police were helping the CPI-M in Nandigram and adjoining areas”, she announced a gherao of all police stations here on 2 May and meetings in all blocks to condemn the violence.