Statesman News Service
NANDIGRAM, July 29: After a lull of two months, Nandigram once again witnessed violence leaving one dead and three injured after clashes erupted between supporters of the Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Commitee and CPI-M cadres this morning. A 12-hour-long bandh has also been called in the area by BUPC after police lathicharged its members in a rally, injuring 36 people including its leader.
Police said Bapan Patra (35) was caught in the crossfire while working in his paddy field near Sherkhanchak when both CPI-M cadres and BUPC supporters started firing at each other. He died on the spot. CPI-M leaders later claimed that Patra, a resident of Pankhai village in Khejuri, was their supporter. Barun Mondal, another CPI-M supporter, and two BUPC members Adhir Khatua and Manoranjan Midda, too sustained bullet injuries in the gunfire near Talpati canal. A resident of Baratala in Khejuri block, Mondol’s condition is stated to be critical. Khatua and Midda have been admitted to Mahespur public health centre.
The area saw heavy firing and crude bombs were hurled since this morning. It continued till late in the day. In another incident at Nandigram bazar, 10 km off Sherkhanchak on Talpati canal, 36 BUPC members have been injured when CPI-M cadres allegedly hurled bombs at their rally. BUPC had brought out the procession in response to a CPI-M organised victory rally to celebrate its recent triumph in Haldia Municipal Corporation.