Four injured in fresh Nandigram violence

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Kolkata, May 7 : Sporadic clashes continued in trouble-torn Nandigram on Wednesday with four activists of the Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) being beaten up and injured by CPI-M activists.

According to reports coming in from Nandigram, three persons were also kidnapped in the run up to the panchayat election to be held on May 11.

Trinamool Congress bloc president Abu Tayeb alleged that of the four, one was assaulted last night and two others were beaten up this morning at Keyakhali village. Another BUPC activist was injured at Kalicharanpur village today.

Police said that of the three kidnapped, one of them had been rescued.

However, the CPI-M's West Midnapore district secretary, Ashok Guria, claimed the kidnapped men were activists of his party but were campaigning in favour of Trinamool Congress.

Two of the injured have been admitted to Nandigram hospital while another has suffered serious neck injuries, BUPC sources said.

Meanwhile, the local administration has demolished three bamboo bridges that were allegedly being used by CPI-M cadres to launch attacks against BUPC workers.

The bridges over Talpatti canal connected the CPI-M stronghold of Khejuri with Adhikaripara and Garupara areas of Nandigram that saw clashes between the Left party and BUPC in the past few days.

Tension continues to prevail in the area with 80 per cent of the shops remaining closed.

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