Trinamool, CPI-M activists clash at Nandigram

July 11th, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, July 11 (IANS) A Trinamool Congress activist was allegedly assaulted by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) supporters at Nandigram in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district Friday. “CPI-M activists stopped one of our activists near Nandigram’s Tekhali Bridge Friday and snatched his motorcycle. After that he was beaten up badly,” said Trinamool block president Abu Taher.

But the CPI-M alleged that the Trinamool Congress activists had beaten up one of its supporters and then blocked the road near Tekhali Bridge with logs.

The CPI-M’s East Midnapore district secretariat member Ashok Guria said: “It’s not us but Trinamool who picked up one of our supporters and beat him up. They even blocked the road near Tekhali Bridge with logs for some time Friday afternoon.”

Nandigram police station’s officer-in-charge Debasis Chakraborty called representatives of the two parties at his office Friday evening to find a solution to the dispute.

However, district sources said the discussions have not been of much help.

Riding on a violent agrarian movement against the state’s ruling CPI-M led Left Front’s bid to acquire large tracts of farmland for setting up a chemical hub, the Trinamool had not only swept the rural body polls in Nandigram, but also wrested control of the zilla parishad (district council) in May.

Nandigram has grabbed international attention since January last year as various opposition parties led by the Trinamool Congress launched an intense agitation that forced the Left Front government to cancel the project.

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