Issue 'directive' under article 355 against WB Government : BJP

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New Delhi, Dec 26 (UNI) The BJP today alleged serious attempts by the West Bengal police to derail the probe by the CBI into the Nandigram violence and demanded the Centre to issue a 'directive' under Article 355 of the Constitution asking the state government to take all steps to ensure proper investigations.

BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that CPI(M) cadres had not even spared lives and properties of serving and retired defence personnel in Nandigram for opposing their evil designs.

Aditya Kumar Bera, a retired Army Subedar and a resident of Gokul Nagar, went missing since November 10 and the local police registered the case only after the CRPF was deployed on November 12. He is yet to be traced.

The houses of three Army Jawans were also burnt and their properties looted. But the government was yet to act upon the complaint forwarded by GOC Headquarters to area Inspector General of Police.

The people who talk sympathetically about Sohrabuddin Shiekh, who had a criminal past, have no compunction to torture and terrorise even army personnel who live and die for the honour of the tri-colour.

''This is the real face of CPI(M), cruel and ugly,'' Mr Prasad remarked, addding that it was a perfect case for the Centre to issue Constitutional directive asking the state government to act against the culprits.

Mr Prasad said the CBI and the CRPF were both Central Agencies and the West Bengal police which did not act for months against the perpetrators of violence were filing cases against these agencies to demoralise them and silently terrorise the victims and witness.

On being asked about Trinamool Congress having talks with Muslim groups for an anti-CPI(M) alliance, Mr Prasad said the Trinamool as a separate entity was entitled to decide upon its electoral ally. As far as the BJP was concerned, it cannot have any alliance with the Congress in West Bengal or anywhere else.

The police camps in Nandigram were withdrawn on the written orders of East Midnapore SP and the CPI(M) cadres were given a free hand to unleash violence and terror between November eight and 11 and the media was forbidden from entering the area, Mr Prasad said.

The Chief Minister had stated that the trouble makers were paid back in the same coin but later regretted the expression. But he never disownd or condemned the actions of his party cadres, he added.


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