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Police attack in Nandigram, 7 killed

Kolkata: Nandigram in East Midnapore district erupted in violence when West Bengal Police, led by a 3,000 member force drawn swept in to the area Â"to restore peaceÂ". At least 7 people were reported killed in police firing though Arun Gupta, Inspector General (Western Zone), refused to confirm the death toll. When contacted at noon he said curtly Â"I have nothing to say at this momentÂ", . Unconfirmed reports varied wildly from source to source, with some reports putting the death toll at 18 and others at 134. There was commotion at Nandigram and adjoining areas since early morning when the Special Task Force of West Bengal Police swung into action, killing several men and women in Nandigram in police firing.

G S Srinivas, SP (East Midnapore), said that several men and women had died in police firing. Arun Gupta Inspector General (Western Zone) told a television channel that two persons had died in police firing early in the morning. The SUCI and the Trinamool Congress were among the parties to bring out massive processions, blocking the way for media persons to enter Nandigram. Media teams were pleading with the political parties to allow press persons to enter Nandigram and see things for themselves. The Director GeneralÂ's Control Room spokesperson at Writers Building (the state secretariat) said Â"We have no news of any police firing at NandigramÂ". R P Singh, Additional Director General, who is acting Director General of West Bengal Police, remained tightlipped and said Â"speak to the IG (Law and Order) about itÂ". Raj Kanojia, IG (Law and Order) was unavailable for comment until 2.30 pm.

The Trinamool Congress has called a 12 hours bandh in West Bengal on Friday. Stating this, Sisir Adhikari, Trinamool Congress district president (East Midnapore), said that "at least 18 to 20 people have died in police firing today". He added that over 500 people, including women, were injured of whom "18 are critical". Â"the death toll is expected to go upÂ", he added. However, Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress chief, has called a press conference at her south Kolkata home in the afternoon to tell media about party's future course of action.  HEAD LINES INDIA

posted by Bimal 15.3.07,


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