March 14 Nandigram police firing victims to get Rs 2 lakh compensation from State Govt

November 14th, 2007 - 10:18 am ICT by admin  
“A compensation of 200 thousand rupees will be given to the families of 14 people who died on March 14,” West Bengal Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb told reporters here.

“Some of the police officers that were found to be responsible have been transferred by the State Government and the rest of them will also be transferred soon,” he added.

The announcement comes a day after there were reports of fresh clashes in Nandigram.

The violence erupted on Wednesday when members of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) reportedly attempted to recapture land in Nandigram proposed for special economic zone.

In Nandigram, the new turf war between the CPI-M cadres and Trinamool Congress workers has already claimed four lives, besides leaving thousands homeless and dozens injured.

On Wednesday, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee took to the streets to demand central intervention and the immediate dismissal of the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Government.

CPI (M) and the BUPC supporters exchanged several rounds of fire at Gokulnagar, Ranichak, Bhangaberia and Satengabari.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed concern over Nandigram violence and asked Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to look into it urgently.

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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