NSA points to Maoist involvement in Nandigram violence

November 14th, 2007 - 10:30 am ICT by admin  

On Board Air India One, Nov. 11 (ANI): National Security Advisor M K Narayanan today said that Maoists have intruded in Nandigram and neighbouring areas in West Bengal, and this is creating a problem which has become the concern of both the Centre and the West Bengal Government.

Terming the situation there (Nandigram) as ‘tricky’, Narayanan said that it is a clear case of Maoists’ involvement.

Narayanan, who is accompanying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a two-day visit to Russia, said that Dr. Singh is in constant touch with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and is closely monitoring the situation there.

“We are concerned. The idea is that no more casualties happen there,” Narayanan said.

At least two people have been killed as alleged CPI-M cadres are battling with activists of the Trinamool Congress under the umbrella of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee in Nandigram.

The Centre has already sent a battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) (1000 personnel) to West Bengal in the wake of the deteriorating law and order situation there.

Meanwhile, reports from Kolkata today indicated that the Forward Bloc, the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) have squarely blamed the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) for the continuing violence and killings in Nandigram.

“All the three Left Front allies hold the CPI-M solely responsible for the present situation in Nandigram. We do not support what has been going on there and unequivocally condemn the barbarism and spiralling violence taking place in the area,” CPI state secretary Manju Kumar Majumdar told reporters after an emergency meeting of the three parties at the Forward Bloc office in Kolkata.

“We ask the Left Front government to immediately restore normality and peace in the area,” he added.

The Left Front partners condemned the violence in Nandigram, but said they do not support Monday’s opposition shutdown call.

While the Congress and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) have separately called a 24-hour shutdown, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has appealed for a 48-hour shutdown from Monday.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has announced an indefinite stir to cripple the state from the same day.

The renewed violence from Saturday in Nandigram, about 150 km from here in East Midnapore district, has taken the death toll since January to 34. (ANI)

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