Shahrukh Khan and KKR team bus stuck by Trinamool blockade

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Kolkata, May 8 (UNI) Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan fell victim to the one-hour road blockade of the Trinamool Congress, as his convoy got stranded while moving to the Eden Gardens, the venue for today's Indian Premier League Cricket match.

The car carrying the actor's wife, Gauri Khan and their son as well as the team bus of Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh's T20 team for IPL, were also stuck up.

Official sources said Khan's convoy got delayed by five minutes at the intersection of Park Circus in South Kolkata, while the vehicle carrying his family was delayed by about half-an-hour as Trinamool Congress supporters put up a road blockade in protest against the recent happenings in Nandigram.

Elsewhere in the city, hundreds of cars were also caught up in snarls because of blockades at different important points, including the Howrah bridge.

Earlier, the Trinamool Congress had announced to take up the programme for one hour - from 1800 hrs to 1900 hrs.

Party general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy said the decision had been taken to lodge a protest against the CPI(M) ''atrocities'' in Nandigram and the ''mockery'' being made by the State Election Commission in the name of holding the Panchayat election in the state.

After a lull of a few months, the situation in Nandigram had started snowballing with supporters of the Trinamool Congress-led Bhumi Uchched Protirodh Committee clashing almost everyday and throwing allegations against each other.

The Trinamool Congress alleged that CPI(M) supporters had resorted to intimidation and violence to cow down the opponent party supporters.

The CPI(M), however, denied the allegation and accused the Trinamool Congress of trying to destabilise peace in the area by whipping up tension.

Union Minister and Pradesh Congress president Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi had already urged the state Election Commission to postpone polling in Nandigram considering the prevailing unrest, while a forum of artistes, including film maker Aparna Sen, has also made a similar demand.

Meanwhile, a team of artistes' forum, including film maker Aparna Sen and stage actor Saonli Mitra announced to visit Nandigram to oversee the situation there even as Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb assured that adequate security measures were being taken to ensure a peaceful polling.

Mr Deb said besides the CRPF jawans present in the area, BSF personnel would be deployed to maintain law and order and instil confidence among the people.


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