Kolkata, Nov 14 (UNI) Led by intellectuals and artistes, people from different walks of life participated in a silent procession in the city here today in protest against the Nandigram violence.
Writers and film makers, actors and painters, singers and activists all took to the street traversing a three km route carrying placards condemning the armed takeover of Nandigram and the inaction of the administration.
Film makers Mrinal Sen and Aparna Sen, painters Jogen Choudhury and Suva Prasanna, novelist Sirshendu Mukherjee, singers Anjan Dutta and Purnadas Baul, theatre personalities Shaoli Mitra, Kaushik Sen and Bibhash Chakraborty, danseuse Mamata Shankar and the Magsaysay award winner social activist and litterateur Mahasweta Devi were among others who participated in the procession.
Joined by a large number of people, including students, the processionists converged in a rally in the Esplanade area where social activist Medha Patkar was holding her dharna.
''People irrespective of political leanings have joined this unique protest against the Nandigram massacre. The government will have to pay a heavy price for what it has done,'' Ms.Aparna Sen said.
''There is no politics in it. We have come here demanding restoration of peace in Nandigram,'' Mr Gautam Ghosh said.
Referring to a parallel procession to be taken out tomorrow by a section of artistes and intellectuals, Mr.Ghosh said no such division should crop up among the elites at this crucial hour.
The placards, carried by the processionists demanded punishment of the guilty for the 'mass murder' in Nandigram and denounced Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and the CPI(M).
As the speakers flayed the Government sharing dais with Ms.Patkar, people sang songs and clapped in unison expressing solidarity with the Nandigram victims.