Mamata says Nandigram history being repeated in Netai village

Sunday, January 9, 2011

WEST MIDNAPORE - Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has expressed her concern over the recent violence in West Bengal, saying the history of Nandigram is being repeated in Lalgarh’s Netai village, where some suspected armed CPI-M cadres killed seven people and injured over 20 others.

“The Netai village is witnessing repetition of what happened in Nandigram in 2007. Few days back three people died and today seven to eight bodies have been identified. People are still looking for many missing dead bodies,” said Banerjee after her visit to the Netaigram village on Saturday.

The Nandigram violence was an incident in Nandigram, West Bengal where, on the orders of the Left Front Government, more than 4,000 heavily armed police stormed the Nandigram area with the aim of stamping out protests against the West Bengal Government’s plans to expropriate 10,000 acres of land for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to be developed by the Indonesian-based Salim Group.

The police shot dead at least 14 villagers and wounded 70 more in the Nandigram violence.

Banerjee further said the condition in Netai village is very devastating and many dead bodies are still missing.

“I have got to know that the condition is very devastating there. They (villagers) have told me where they have been shot bullet and how they (villagers) have been operated. I have been also informed that there are still few dead bodies missing,” she stated.

During her visit, Banerjee met the families of the deceased along with the other leaders to console the bereaved family.

Six villagers, including a woman were killed and over 20 injured in firing by suspected armed CPI-M cadres in Lalgarh in West Bengal’s West Midnapore District on Friday.

The villagers, who had gathered to protest against demands made by Marxist armed cadre that they volunteer for night patrols and arms training, were fired at from a house at Netai village in Belatikri gram panchayat in Lalgarh police station area. (ANI)

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