Mamata Banerjee on dharna, demands peace in Nandigram

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Maniktala (East Midnapore), Nov 11: AITC supremo Mamata Banerjee today sat on an indefinite dharna before East Midnapore SP S S Panda's office here, demanding an end to firing and complete restoration of peace in Nandigram.

She further condemned the police lathicharge on intellectuals at Nandan, the cultual capital of the state, who were agitating against lawlessness and violence in Nandigram and stated that this was in total disregard of right to freedom of speech and expression and demcracy that this nation so proudly proclaims.

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After meeting the injured Bhumi Uchhed Protirodh Committee members at the Tamluk hospital, Ms Banerjee said that until the SP can ensure an absolute end to violence in Nandigram and return of peace and safety to its people, she will continue her sit-in dharna.

The East Midnapore SP was not in office and Ms Banerjee said she will wait for him indefinitely.

''It is unfortunate that most of these intellectuals are Left-oriented and sensible persons. That is why they are protesting against killing in Nandigram. But the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government has not even spared them,'' she maintained.

Meanwhile, CRPF personnel have started coming into Nandigram with more than 500 of them already being stationed in the area. Ms Banerjee has expressed satisfaction over the matter.

She said she would stay back in Tamluk tonight to monitor the bandh-like situation in the state tomorrow.

When asked as to whether she will continue the bandh beyond Monday, she said she announce her decision after a late evening meeting tomorrow.

Meanwhile, road blockade by AITC supporters have started throughout East and West Midnapore districts with vehicular movement coming to to an absolute halt.

Meanwhile in Nandigram, CPI(M) activists have allegedly started firing on the last batches of BUPC supporters in Garchakraberia and Adhikaripara.

On the sidelines, an unidentified body of a man, with bullet wounds, was found in a field near Bamunia village in Nandigram.

Additional SP of East Midnapore district Debashis Boral said today. Meanwhile, MLA and BUPC convenor Sisir Adhikari claimed that 100 BUPC activists from Sonachura were presently in CPI(M) custody.


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