I have not been informed about all party meeting: Mamata

August 9th, 2008 - 1:01 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 8 (IANS) Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said she had not been informed about an all-party meeting called Saturday by West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee over the fresh turmoil in Nandigram. “Neither me nor my party was officially informed about the all-party meeting,” Banerjee told a press conference here Friday.

On Thursday, Chief Minster Bhattacharjee called an all-party meeting in East Midnapore’s Tamluk town Saturday to look into the outbreak of violence in Nandigram.

Tension simmered in Nandigram, about 150 km from here, after a CPI-M supporter, Dulal Garu Das, was allegedly gunned down by the rival anti-land acquisition group Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh (BUPC) activists at Chadalpur area during a 24-hour shutdown called by the ruling CPI-M.

A CPI-M leader, Niranjan Mondal, was shot dead Wednesday (on Aug 6) at Rajaramchak area of Nandigram. The party blamed the Trinamool Congress-backed anti-land acquisition group BUPC for the killing.

At least 40 people were killed in Nandigram since January 2007 when the region erupted in protest over proposed land acquisition for a special economic zone (SEZ) in collaboration with Indonesia’s Salim group for developing a chemical hub.

Since then a turf battle between the CPI-M and the BUPC members had broken out repeatedly in the violence-hit region.

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