Violence-hit Kolkata limps back to normal

November 22nd, 2007 - 12:06 pm ICT by admin  

Kolkata, Nov 22 (ANI): Curfew, which was imposed in Kolkata following violent protests on Wednesday, was relaxed this morning in five police station areas as the situation returned to normal.
“The city is fast returning to normalcy. Schools and colleges are opening. People have also resumed their normal life,” Police Commissioner, Gautam Mohan Chakrabarty said.
Curfew was imposed in various parts of Kolkata from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. on Wednesday following violent protests by the All India Minority Forum over the violence in Nandigram and a demand for the cancellation of Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreens visa.
No further clashes were reported during the night.
Flag marches, however, will continue this morning in places that saw violence on Wednesday.
“The Army and the police are jointly patrolling the affected areas of the city,” Chakrabarty added.
The Army will also review the situation after which, the government might take a decision on army deployment.
The West Bengal Government was on Wednesday forced to deploy army soldiers in various parts of Kolkata after demonstrators under the banner of All India Minority Forum (AIMF) blocked roads and clashed with police.
It was for the first timesince the 1992 riots that the Army was called in to restore order in the city.
Describing the turn of events as unfortunate, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said the violence had tarnished the name of the city.
Reacting to the prevailing situation in Nandigram, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh termed the issue as a national tragedy.
He said the situation in Nandigram is “still far from normal,” and called upon both the West Bengal and the Central governments to work towards providing adequate compensation to the victims.
On the other hand, BJP MP Yashwant Sinha said that the true face of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has been revealed through the Nandigram crisis.
The issue also rocked the Winter Session of Parliament, which began a debate on it on Wednesday.
Leader of Opposition, LK Advani, compared the violence in West Bengals Nandigram area to the violence that was seen in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989.
The Communist Government in West Bengal had planned to set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for chemical industries in Nandigram, 150 km southwest of Kolkata, but had to abort the project after villagers refused to give up their lands.
Violent clashes between Communist supporters, police and locals opposed to the project have been taking place since January.
At least six villagers were killed and dozens injured in Nandigram last week in clashes between rival groups led by Communists and a frontal organisation backed by Trinamool Congress party. (ANI)

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