Late arrival of CRPF caused Nandigram situation: CM

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Kolkata, Nov 13 (UNI) Disowning any failure in tackling the turf war in Nandigram last week, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said the situation arose because of late arrival of CRPF.

''This is not my failure. I got CRPF late. Had the Centre sent the jawans in time, we could have avoided the situation,'' he told reporters.

Observing that the CPI(M) supporters, who had long been out of home were in desperation to come back home, Mr.Bhattacharjee said timely arrival of the Central force would have ensured their smooth return without any trouble.

''I wanted to avoid the situation from the beginning....those who remained evicted for so many months, risked their lives out of desperation,'' he said.

However, alleging that it was the armed Trinamool Congress men who had first driven out CPI(M) supporters, Mr.Bhattacharjee observed that they were ''paid back in their own coin.'' ''Were these people peaceful? was there a heavenly peace in Nandigram,'' he asked pointing at the ten-month unrest in the area when asked whether the process of homecoming of CPI(M) supporters turned the situation violent over the past few days.

The Chief Minister said he had written to the Union Home Minister on October 27 seeking CRPF to be despatched, but the force finally arrived only on November 12.

Describing as 'totally normal' the present situation in Nandigram, Mr.Bhattacharjee informed that in all five companies of CRPF jawans, who had reached Nandigram, were setting up camps in the area while one company of woman CRPF would arrive in a day or two.


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