Arson in Nandigram
Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Jan. 18, 2008: There was tension in Nandigram today after CPI-M cadres allegedly set eight houses of supporters of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee on fire in Amratala near Khodambari last night.
Though no one was arrested, local police and CRPF jawans are conducting a probe. The CPI-M denied the charges. A Nandigram police station officer said BUPC members lodged a complaint.
Police arrested one Ezhar Khan from Haschara and seized a firearm from him. Police suspect Khan was involved in the Nandigram violence. Traders at Nandigram Bazar staged a demonstration to protest against police highhandedness this evening. They alleged that policemen beat up two traders. “Their offence being that they had asked the policemen to park their vehicles in an open place rather than on the road,” a trader said. Police, however, dismissed the charges. Local BUPC leaders today alleged that “CPI-M backed goons” are terrorising villagers and forcing them to leave the BUPC. "The CPI-M men beat up eight people at Khodambari last night after the BUPC members refused to join the CPI-M. Their houses were reduced to ashes,” Sheikh Sufian, a BUPC leader, said.