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No Maoists in Nandigram: Govt
Subhrangshu Gupta
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, November 13
The West Bengal government does not have any information about the Maoists infiltration into Nandigram, the state home secretary, Prasad Ranjan Roy, told mediapersons at the Writers Buildings today.

The Governor, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, was also informed accordingly.

The chief secretary, A.K. Deb, met the Governor along with the home secretary and the DGP, Anup Bhora, today following a summon from the Raj Bhavan.

At the meeting, the state officials apprised Sonia Gandhi about the present Nandigram situation vis-à-vis the administrative handling of the Nandigram problems.

Incidentally, the central intelligence office in Kolkata also sent a report to the home ministry denying the large scale presence of the Maoist activists in Nandigram, though they had admitted their large scale infiltration into Purulia, Bankura and certain other areas in west Midnapore, adjoining Jharkhand, official sources said.

Chief Minister Buddhasdeb Bhattacharjee and CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, however, justified the “cadres’ action” in Nandigram for combating the Maoists’ infiltration.

Bhattacharjee alleged that a large number of Maoist activists led by Ranjit Pal, involved in the killing of Sudhir Mahato, had been operating in Nandigram along with the Trinamool Congress against the CPM and the state machinery.

Karat said he had been informed by the Prime Minister’s security adviser, M.K. Narayan, about the large infiltration of Maoists into Nandigram.

The CPM’s mouthpiece, Ganasakti, today published a front page news item saying many of the Maoists, who had infiltrated into Nandigram, fled to the Nayachaur area in launches and boats last night while some others escaped on motorbikes in the darkness to Jharkhand.

But the all India general secretary of the MCC, Dipankar Mukherjee, had rubbished the Chief Minister’s report of the Maoists’ infiltration into Nandigram. He alleged that the CPM was now bringing the “Maoists ghosts” as a plea for justifying the cadres’ criminal activities.

Meanwhile, there was no report of any further violence in Nandigram today and the two companies of the CRPF had already taken position in the sensitive pockets and other vulnerable areas, said the home secretary. He said five more companies of the CRPF, which have already arrived in Kolkata, would be deployed in phases in Nandigram.

Social activist Medha Patkar, who could not enter Nandigram twice on Sunday and Monday following resistance from the CPM, today could manage to enter Nandigram and meet local people.

Incidentally, Medha’s visit followed a ruling from the Calcutta High Court directing the police and the district administration to ensure the free movement of mediapersons, various welfare organisations, social activists, intellectuals and others in Nandigram.



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