Arrange treatment of Nandigram victims

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Kolkata, Nov 13 (UNI) Calcutta High Court today directed the state government to make immediate arrangement for treatment of people affected in clashes in Nandigram and entry of NGOs and media persons into the village.

A two-judge bench of the high court ruled that the state government should take immediate action to restore peace in Nandigram and enable Non-Governmental Organisations to operate and media persons to freely asses the situation in Nandigram, who had been kept away from the village, during the series of clashes here within the past fortnight.

The two-judge vacation bench, comprising Justices Girish Chandra Gupta and Tapan Mukherjee, issued the ruling on a petition filed by Calutta High Court Bar Association president Amar Mukherjee and two others.

The petitioners claimed that when fresh clashes broke out in Nandigram, at least 10 people had been killed and many more injured.

The government had been ordered to arrange for the immediate treatment of people wounded in clashes between supporters of the ruling CPI(M) and villagers in Nandigram.

The bench, expressing anguish over the administration's ''inabilty'' to tackle the situation, held that the government should immediately swing into action to restore peace in the strife-torn area, which witnessed violent clashes recently over the land acquisition issue for the setting up of a chemical hub since January 6.

The government had, however, earlier announced to shelve the plan, following protests by supporters of the Bhumi Uchhed Protirodh Committee.

In the petition, the bar association president held that supporters of the ruling party had attacked unarmed villagers during the past few days in order to regain their position in Nandigram, about 120 kms south of Kolkata.

He also alleged that the police remained silent specatator, while the CPI(M) supporters fired indiscriminately at the villagers.

UNI

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