NHRC issues notice to WB Chief Secretary for report on Nandigram

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), taking cognisance of a letter submitted by the Forum of Artists, Cultural Activists and Intellectuals, has issued notice to the Chief Secretary of West Bengal directing him to submit a factual report on the Nandigram situation within ten days.

Sanjay Parikh, advisor to the Forum, in a memorandum submitted to the Commission, had urged the Chairperson to personally visit the trouble torn area of Nandigram and to monitor and take appropriate actions against those people who had launched a reign of terror on the people of the area.

A team of Investigation Division of the NHRC is expected to visit the disturbed area in Nandigram very soon to study the situation there and to suggest remedial measures.

Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, has been asked to take as many steps as necessary to retrieve the situation in Nandigram and to protect life, dignity and property in the region. An Action Taken Report is also to be filed by him within two weeks.

Yesterday, the team of Activists, Intellectuals and Cultural activists along with Medha Patkar could not proceed to Nandigram, beyond Kolaghat as the roads had been blocked by 1500 strong CPI(M) supporters, shouting abuses at the team. The police could not remove the blockade and forced the team back to Kolkata.

The way CPI(M)-led Left Front government is managing the issue is deplorable, the letter said. ''While we do not compare it with Gujarat communal carnage, but we cannot keep silent when armed violence is unleashed upon unarmed villagers by CPI(M) cadres, with the tactical support of the ruling government.'' ''Whether in Nandigram or elsewhere, this must be condemned. All efforts must be made to restore democratic sensibility and Constitutional rights of the people of Nandigram to protest, resist and assert their freedom,'' Mr Parikh said in the letter to the Commission.

UNI

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