Mamata’s cavalcade obstructed, heads towards Nandigram on bike

November 14th, 2007 - 10:29 am ICT by admin  

After this, the former Union Minister proceeded towards Tamluk Hospital on her way to Nandigaram on a motorbike.

Her supporters riding two-wheelers escorted Banerjee to the hospital where the injured of the yesterday clashes were admitted.

Yesterday, Banerjee resigned from her South Kolkata Lok Sabha seat in protest against the continuing violence in Nandigram, which has become a ‘battlefield’ between CPI (M) cadres and activists of a Trinamool supported group.

Announcing her resignation at a press conference here, Banerjee said, “I am sending my resignation letters to all concerned.”

Banerjee also threatened to ‘paralyse’ life in the State for an indefinite period, beginning from Monday.

Saturday remained a day of swift developments in West Bengal over the ongoing law and order crisis in Nandigram, with Centre sending one battalion of paramilitary forces in the State.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil also spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Chief Buddhadeb Bhatacharjee and urged him to take immediate steps to ensure the return of people back to their villages, who have been displaced from their homes by the simmering tension there.

Yesterday, the CPI-M said that West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s had crossed the “constitutional limit of the highest office of the state,” by making remarks over Nandigram.

On Friday, Gopalkrishna had said, “The manner in which the ‘recapture’ of Nandigram villages is being attempted is totally unlawful and unacceptable.”

“I find it equally unacceptable that while Nandigram has been ingressed with ease by armed people, on the one hand, political and non-political persons trying to reach it have been violently obstructed,” he added.

CPI-M state secretary and Politburo member Biman Bose told reporters that the Governor has “failed” to maintain neutrality and he has not acted in an impartial manner, Bose said.

The Governor’s remarks would only help those determined to incite further violence by mobilising innocent people as a shield for gunmen, a party statement said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also expressed concern over Nandigram violence.

Nandigram has been the scene of recurring clashes since January resulting in deaths, including 14 in police firing and violence on March 14 when villagers resisted the police from entering. (ANI)

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