Two killed, ten injured in mine explosion, political clash

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Kolkata/Nandigram, Nov 6 (UNI) At least two people were killed and ten others, including a para military force jawan, were seriously injured as rival parties clashed and landmines exploded in an escalated violence in Nandigram today.

Expressing concern over the siutation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to look into it while, Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee gave a fresh call for agitation demanding invocation of Article 355 in West Bengal.

After meeting Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi at the Raj Bhavan in the evening, Ms Banerjee told reporters that she had demanded imposition of Article 355 in the state for the 'lawlessness'.

'' Our demand is nothing short of resignation of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. He is fully responsible for the situation. My party will go for an allout movement from tonight demanding ouster of this Government, '' she told reporters.

Official reports said those killed were victims of landmine explosion.

Confirming the toll, Home Secretary P R Ray said an EFR jawan was among the injured.

'' Some places in Nandigram now resemble a battle field.

EFR jawans have taken control of Tekhali bridge on the border of Nandigram and Khejuri, '' he said.

Meanwhile, in a letter to Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee, the Prime Minister expressed his concern over the situation in Nandigram. '' I have asked the Home Minister to look into it urgently, '' he said.

Eds. Pls pick up suitably from earlier series.


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