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Nandigram Burns
Mamata quits Lok Sabha
Two killed in fresh violence
Subhrangshu Gupta & PTI

Kolkata, November 10
TMC leader Mamata Banerjee resigned from the Lok Sabha today in protest against the violence in Nandigram.

RSP minister in West Bengal Kshiti Goswami (PWD) also expressed his desire to resign from the state government “in protest against the CPM's vandalism” in Nandigram. Accordingly, he sent a letter to party secretary Debabrata Bandyopadhyay.

However, a report from Delhi said that Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee is learnt to have rejected Trinamool Congress leader’s resignation letter as it was not in the proper format.

Meanwhile, in escalating violence in Nandigram where the CPM cadres had recaptured large areas, two persons were killed and several others injured today, with the police describing the situation as “alarming”.

IGP (law and order) Raj Kanojia said in Kolkata two persons, were killed in the firing and three others were injured in the violence at Maheshpur in Nandigram today.

However, Trinamool Congress leader Subhendu Adhikary claimed that three bodies were found from the Maheshpur area, where at least 40 BUPC members were injured in a bomb attack and firing by CPM workers on a Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee procession.

He alleged that some persons went missing and were believed to have been kidnapped by the CPM and taken away to Khejuri.

The IGP, however, maintained that the violence had stopped in the block though tension prevailed and the police was on patrol.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the police at the nearest outpost did not act to stop the violence and left the spot in a hurry.

The injured were rushed to a local hospital and primary health centres.

Socialist Unity Centre of India state secretary Provas Ghosh claimed that six persons were killed and 50 others injured in an “armed CPM attack” on the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee supporters at Maheshpur.

He alleged that CPM activists opened fire and hurled bombs at the BUPC procession as it was on its way to Tekhalibazar to protest “CPM onslaught on Nandigram people”.

"It seems that the violence is the last word of the government to restore peace," he said.

He hailed West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi's criticism of the CPM for recapturing Nandigram areas and flayed its state secretary Biman Bose's comments against him.



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