Kolkata, Aug 8: Trouble-torn Nandigram erupted with fresh violence on Thursday, Aug 7 afternoon after the brutal murder of CPM local committee secretary Niranjan Mandal.
Two Trinamool Congress workers are believed to have suffered bullet injuries following clashes that took place between CPI-M cadres and the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) members at different places in Nandigram. Two people were killed, redrafting the CPM's agenda dramatically. The party leveled allegations against rival political forces like Bhumi Ucched Protirodh Committee for killing Mandal. Reports of heavy bombing and exchange of gunfire trickled in through a blockaded National Highway-6 throughout the day.
The deceased – Dulal Gadudas (38), a CPI-M front cadre was shot on Thursday, Aug 7 around 10 am by a group of unidentified miscreants when he was leading a CPI-M protest rally at Gadupara in Gokulnagar. He died on his way to the Nandigram block hospital.
“We are all aware where the first bullet came from. I do not need to underline the fact that Gadupada is a stronghold of which party," said IG Western Range Rakesh Gupta.
Despite assurances of adequate security measures, police were facing chaos by mid afternoon. The Opposition called it CPM's planned move to divert attention from its steadily losing grounds at Singur.
In the fresh bout of violence in Nandigram, a CPI (M) local committee secretary was shot dead during an exchange of fire between Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) activists at Rajaramchak village, near Nandigram on Wednesday, Aug 6.