CBI quizzes Anup Agarwal, G A Srinivas on Mar 14 police firing

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Kolkata, Feb 08 (UNI) Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths have questioned East Midnapore district Magistrate Anup Agarwal and former Superintendent of Police G A Srinivas in connection with the March 14 police firing in Nandigram in which 14 people were killed.

''District Magistrate Anup Agarwal and Superintendent of Police G A Srinivas were quizzed yesterday. No details can be revealed right now, '' CBI Joint Director Arun Kumar today said.

About 12 CPI (M) leaders from Nandigram, including Khejuri Zonal Committee Secretary Bijon Roy, had also been questioned in connection with the incident, he said.

The grilling followed complaints, particularly from the Trinamool Congress that certain CPI(M) leaders themselves were present at Bhangabera and Adhikaripara, where police opened firing on the local people who were agitating against the move to acquire land for SEZ.

It was also alleged that outsiders were brought into Nandigram on March 14.

Nandigram remained a battleground with intermittent bloody clashes taking place between CPI(M) and the Trinamool Congress-led Bhumi Uchched Protirodh Committee supporters for about eleven months.

Altogether 35 people were killed and many injured while thousands of people had to flee home during this period before CPI(M) supporters recaptured the area.

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