New Delhi: Fresh violence broke out in Nandigram on Sunday leaving four injured. At least 15 rounds were fired as supporters of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) clashed with each other.
One of the injured, a BUPC supporter, has been rushed to Kolkata after he was shot at. According to initial reports, the fresh violence was sparked off following a family feud between a woman and her brother on Saturday night.
The woman is a CPI-M supporter and her brother a BUPC supporter. The altercation quickly turned into a political battle.
The BUPC has called for a daylong bandh on Monday in Nandigram to protest against the violence.
“The clash was a very planned thing as the Chief Minister is going to Nandigram. Before that, they want to wipe out the opposition. So CPI-M has started this killing once again with the help of the locals. We are told that two people have already been shot dead and two are being brought to SSKM Hospital, Kolkata,” Trinamool Congress General Secretary Madan Mitra told CNN-IBN.
Scotching the reports that a family feud led to the violence, Mitra said, “Whatever the CPI-M will do, they will do in the name of family feud. It is not a question of family feud; it is a political clash between CPI-M and BUPC supporters.”
Additional force, including three companies of CRPF, have been sent to the area in view of the tense situation.
Nandigram has been witnessing violent clashes between CPI-M and BUPC supporters since early 2007 after the West Bengal government decided to acquire 10,000 acres of land for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
The Indonesian-based Salim Group was to set up a chemical hub under the SEZ policy at Nandigram.