'Trinamool leader, mediapersons attacked in Nandigram'

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Nandigram, Oct 30 (UNI) Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chattopadhya along with some mediapersons had a narrow escape today when their convoy came under fire from Khejuri, eyewitnesses alleged.

They were proceeding towards Khejuri from Nandigram around noon when the incident reportedly took place.

Unconfirmed reports said four mediapersons, including reporters of 'India Today' and 'Bartaman', were severely beaten up by CPI(M) activists. The journalists later managed to flee.

Meanwhile, Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee leader Subhendu Adhikary alleged that many houses of their supporters were either ransacked or set afire at Ranichak.

''In Tekhali, warring groups have started firing on each other,'' Mr Adhikary, who is also a Trinamool Congress MLA, said.

''There is complete lawlessness in the area at the moment with no police arrangement anywhere,'' he further added.

Tension started mounting this morning when a peace procession by BUPC supporters from Nandigram was proceeding towards Tekhali bridge. As it reached the bridge, armed CPI(M) activists allegedly launched an attack on the procession. A BUPC activist received gun shot injuries and was admitted to Nandigram hospital.

Enraged, some 20,000 BUPC supporters from Nandigram started moving towards Ranichak and Tekhali and a ''free for all'' ensued, he said.


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