WB Gov announces Rs 200,000 each to March 14 victims' families

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Kolkata, Nov 8(UNI) The West Bengal Government today announced compensation to the families of 14 people killed in Nandigram on March 14 while deciding to push police into the embattled area to restore normalcy.

Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb said a compensation of Rs 200,000 each would be given to the victims' families.

According to the Government, eight people were killed in police firing and six died in bomb blasts on the fateful day when a large number of villagers clashed with police that tried to take control of the area.

" Some of the policemen, who were involved in the firing, have already been transferred while punitive measures would be taken against the rest, if found guilty," Mr Deb said.

As supporters of the Trinamool Congress-led Bhumi Uchched Protirodh Committee and CPI(M) still continued a fierce battle, police would enter Nandigram in a day or two, the Chief Secretary said. "Police camps will be set up in the area to maintain peace.

Both sides have been asked to hold arms," he said.

Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil began in the city today demanding restoration of peace in Nandigram.

Spearheaded by the same group of people who went on with a three-week protest against the death of Rizwanur Rahman, the vigil was launched in front of St Xavier's college to continue for 100 days.

Yesterday, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee took to the street demanding Central intervention into the "CPI(M) agression" in Nandigram as a turf war continued to rage in the area with free exchange of bullets and bombs.

At least four persons were killed over the past three days as rival groups clashed and landmines were detonated in Nandigram which continued to be a veritable battle field while hundreds of people were rendered homeless.


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