Seven wounded in cross fire in Nandigram

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Nandigram, Oct 30 (UNI) At least seven people were wounded today in a fresh exchange of fire between the two rival camps at Girirbazar, Satengabari and Takapura areas in Nandigram.

Confirming the incidents East Midnapur District SP G A Srinivasan said five police vans with EFR and RAF personnel have been posted at these areas to prevent the situation from getting worse.

Meanwhile, a BUPC supporter, who was earlier hit on his chest by bullets had been sent to SSKM hospital as his condition deteriorated further.

Six others with bullet injuries have been taken to Tamluk Hospital. Their party affiliation was not yet established.

An unconfirmed report said body of one person with bullet wounds had been found at Satengabari.

Meanwhile, AITC leader Partha Chattapadhyay and Congress leader Baisyanar Chattapadhyay, along with 30 mediapersons from Kolkata have reached Nandigram this evening via Khejuri. Mr Chattapadhya was allegedly obstructed by CPI(M) activists in Chandipur, Maheshpur and near Brindabanchak.

His car was allegedly fired at by CPI(M) activists from a field in Brindabanchak, he claimed.

The SP has, however, denied the allegation.

Unable to hold a public meeting here due to continuous resistance from the CPM activists, Mr Chattapadhyay addressed a conference in a crop field in Nandigram.

''West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is definitely not interested in a political solution for the Nandigram issue,'' Mr Chattapadhyay said and added, ''He wants to conquer Nandigram by force and that to before the arrival of the central paramilitary forces. This explains the renewed attempt by the CPM activists to enter Nandigram by force.'' Niranjan Sihi, General-Secretary of District CPM committee and Sabhadhipati of East Midnapur District Zilla Parishad has, however, alleged that today's incidents were due to BUPC's strong intervention and firing on CPM supporters, who were making an attempt to enter their houses in Girirbazar from Khejuri.

UNI

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