Trinamool Congress wins Nandigram assembly by-election

Nandigram, Jan 9: Trinamool Congress candidate Firoza Bibi won the politically sensitive Nandigram assembly by-election by 39,551 votes.

Firoza Bibi defeated CPI nominee Paramananda Bharati.

Elections for the seat, which fell vacant after the resignation of CPI MLA Muhammad Ilyas following a sting operation, which exposed his involvement in a corruption case, were held on January 5. Counting was taken up today.

The by-poll was first scheduled to be held on December 30, but was postponed due to security considerations.

Six candidates contested the by-poll. (ANI)

Nearly 80% polling in Nandigram

Nandigram, West BengalKolkata: Polling to the Nandigram and Sujapur Assembly seats in West Bengal passed off peacefully with both the sections recording an intense turnout of voters at 80 and
78 per cent, respectively.

Polling in some parts continued well after the stipulated hours.

Elaborate security arrangements were seen at each booth, with security personnel frisking voters with metal detectors. Every booth had a video recording facility.

23 live bombs recovered in Nandigram

West Bengal, Nadigram MapNandigram (West Bengal), August 13 : The West Bengal police on Wednesday recovered 23 live bombs from Nandigram area of West Bengal.

Meanwhile there were no reports of untoward incident after Tuesday’s clashes between the Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) cadres.

At least 17 persons including 15 Trinamool Congress workers were injured in violent clashes on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Bhoomi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) which is spearheading the anti-land acquisition movement has called off its rally at Jadubari chowk.

Trinamool wins in Nandigram, Singur

Kolkata, May 21 : The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday delivered a severe blow to the ruling CPM-led Left Front in West Bengal by winning the trouble-torn Nandigram in the three-tier panchayat elections in the state.

The Front also faced a rout in three zilla parishad seats in Singur to Trinamool Congress candidates.

The polls are seen as a litmus test for the Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee Government’s farmland acquisition policy for industries.

The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress wrested control of the zilla parishad in East Midnapur where trouble-torn Nandigram is located. It won 32 of the 53 seats, results of which were declared so far.

500 villagers seek shelter in district office after Trinamool-CPIM clash in Nandigram

Nandigram villagers Nandigram (West Bengal), May 12 : At least 500 villagers have sought refuge in the office of the Block Development Officer (BDO) in Nandigram on Monday, as clashes between activists of the Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) showed no signs of abating.

The Trinamool Congress and the CPI-M charged each other with instigating violence, ransacking of houses and kidnapping of rival supporters.

Sources said that bombs and guns were used in the clashes.

Home Ministry demands report on Nandigram from West Bengal

NandigramNandigram, May 12 : A day after the clash between the Central Reserve Police Force and Communist Party of India (Marxist) cadres in Nandigram, the Union Home Ministry asked the West Bengal Government to give a detailed report on the matter.

The Home Ministry is likely to hold a high-level meeting with senior officials to take stock of the situation on the basis of the report.

A confrontation between CPI-M Member of Parliyament Lakshman Seth and CRPF DIG Alok Raj, who faced charges of molestation in Nandigram had disrupted the first phase of the panchayat polls in Nandigram on Sunday.

The DIG, however, denied the charge.

FIR against CRPF officer in Nandigram

West BengalNandigram, May 11 : Two women of Sonachura village here filed an FIR against DIG CRPF Alok Raj, alleging that they were molested by him late on Saturday night, an allegation the Central force officer described as false.

Officer-in-charge of Nandigram police station, Debasish Chakraborty, said the women had lodged complaints that they were beaten up and molested by Raj during a raid.

Raj on his part said, "This is a false allegation made to stop me from doing my work in Nandigram, but I am not afraid of such allegations and will continue to do my duties here. Nothing can deter him from doing my duty".

CPI-M cadres prevents villagers from casting their votes in Nandigram

CPI-MNandigram, May 11 : The Communist Party of India-Marxist cadres today prevented villagers from casting their votes at three villages of trouble-torn Nandigram, while polling in the first phase of civic elections was peaceful in four other districts.

"CPI-M cadres have jammed booths in the villages of Takapora, Kamalpur and Sonachura. Voters are being intimidated so that they do not venture out to cast votes," Trinamool Congress leader Sammad said.

"We have faith in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel only, but they are not being allowed to work properly here. If it continues, election here will turn into a farce," Sammad said.

Panchayat polls in Nandigram to be litmus test for Communists

Panchayat polls in Nandigram to be litmus test for CommunistsNandigram, May 10 : An uneasy calm prevails in Nandigram in West Bengal, a flashpoint of conflict between poor farmers and the State government, a day ahead of Panchayat elections set to begin on May 11.

Nandigram has been the flashpoint of a conflict between mostly poor farmers and the state government since early 2007 over the refusal of the villagers to sell their land for a chemicals industry complex.

Two injured in Nandigram violence

Two injured in Nandigram violenceNandigram, May 5 : At least two people were injured in fresh violence near Nandigram on Monday.

The incident took place in Gokulnagar. Two Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) members, Gopal Gayen and Utpal Mandal were injured,

Superintendent of Police S Panda said violence was also reported from the Satengabari and the Jambari areas in Nandigram Block II on Monday.

With panchayat polls scheduled for May 11, nearly 500 people have taken shelter in two relief camps at Nandigram Block I and Maheshpur.

The BUPC has been opposing land acquisition for industrialisation. (ANI)

Eight injured in fresh clash in Nandigram

Nandigram, Apr 19 : At least eight supporters of the Bhoomi Uchched Pratirodh Committee were injured in a fresh clash that erupted with Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) cadres here on Saturday.

According to the police, the injured have been admitted to a primary health care centre in Nandigram.

The clashes occurred ahead of the panchayat polls in West Bengal. The panchayat polls will be held on May 11, 14 and 18. Counting will take place on May 21.

On Friday, Trinamool Congress activists surrounded the Nandigram police station to protest the arrest of three party activists for their alleged involvement in the killing of a CPI-M Panchayat Samiti member last year.

Two armed BUPC supporters arrested in Nandigarm

Two armed BUPC supporters arrested in NandigarmNandigram, April 5 : West Bengal police on Saturday arrested two anti-land acquisition forum supporters for allegedly carrying pistols while traveling through the CPI-M stronghold of Khejuri in Nandigram.

Angry women members of Bhoomi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) blockaded Khejuri police station to protest against the arrest of their members.

“The women blockaded the police station shortly after the arrests,” said Superintendent of Police S Panda.

Amnesty International blames West Bengal Govt for violence in Nandigram

New Delhi, Jan 16: Violence in NandigramInternational rights group, the Amnesty International, has accused the West Bengal government for clashes in Nandigram over farmland acquisition for an industrial hub.

"The people who abused, the people who attacked, the people who have taken recourse of violence to score some point, to establish their political domination were neither arrested nor taken to book by district agencies. The report also highlights the sense of deep insecurity and the frustration that was very much prevalent throughout Nandigram," said Mukul Sharma, Director of the Amnesty International.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee visits Nandigram

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb BhattacharjeeNandigram, Dec 26: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, visited Nandigram, which has been the scene of violence between Communist Party of India cadres and local people since March this year.

This was his first visit to Nandigram after violence broke out between CPM cadres and locals, which erupted into a major political controversy.

Buddhadeb assured people that their land would not be taken away forcibly. He also announced compensation for the families of those who lost their lives in the violence.

SC to hear WB govt petition over Nandigram today

New Delhi, Dec 13: Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court will today hear a petition filed by the West Bengal Government, challenging the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the March 14 police firing in Nandigram.

Earlier, Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan headed bench gave a nod for an early hearing into the matter.

At least 14 people were killed when police fired bullets on the activists of Trinamool Congress spearheaded Bhoomi Uchched Protirodh Committee (BUPC), who were protesting against the setting up of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Nandigram.

Mamata Banerjee to visit Nandigram today

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata BanerjeeNandigram, Dec 3: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will visit violence-hit Nandigram today to take stock of the situation.

Earlier, Mamata managed to reach there on October 28 and her supporters alleged that they were fired upon by the followers of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Tight security arrangements have been made as according to sources the supporters of Mamata are planning to hold a rally.

Mamata’s visit is taking place a day after West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi visited the village.

Medha Patkar slams Bengal govt for apathy over Nandigram

New Delhi, Nov 20 : Social activist Medha Patkar today slammed the West Bengal Government for its apathy over the prevailing situation in Nandigram.

Addressing a press conference here, Patkar, who is supporting the cause of farmers, called the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) policy as unconstitutional.

Terming the prevailing situation in Nandigram as a war by the state against its own people, she said, “(Forcible occupation of territory) is war, what else? And that is what is being tried out in Nandigram. And, till date, there is no peace. It may be 'Shamshan' (graveyard) like) peace, not the real 'shanti' (peace).”

Nandigram issue rocks Parliament for second day in a row

New Delhi, Nov 20 : The winter session of the Parliament has failed to take off as the recent incidents of violence in Nandigram rocked the Parliament for a second consecutive day on Tuesday.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day after opposition members led by the BJP insisted on a debate on Nandigram issue.

The Left Front, wary of having a debate on this issue, has stated that the Nandigram issue pertains to a State subject that requires no debate in the Parliament.

As the proceedings commenced for the day, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) members raised slogans and trooped into the Well of the House.

They demanded an immediate debate on the issue by suspending Question Hour.

Commonwealth rights body expresses shock over Nandigram violence

New Delhi, Nov.20 : The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has expressed shock over the recent violence in nandigram, West Bengal.

In a statement issued to the media, the CHRI said: "Events in Nandigram, West Bengal, have shocked the conscience of the nation. The State Government seems to have abdicated responsibility and admits having outsourced law and order to varying party cadres and armed gangs, infiltrated by criminal and other extremist elements, from time to time."

Centre did not delay CRPF deployment in Nandigram: Sriprakash Jaiswal

Kolkata, Nov 16 : It's coming out to be a bad day for the West Bengal Government, as after the Calcutta High Court lashed the government over the Nandigram issue, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal rejected Chief Minister Buddhdeb Bhattacharjee's claim that the Centre delayed the deployment of the CRPF in the violence-hit area.

"I don't know what the Chief Minister has said, but the Centre did not delay in sending CRPF for Nandigram, " Jaiswal said in here today.

On November 13, Bhattacharjee had said that Centre had delayed the request the State Government made in connection with the deployment of CRPF in Nandigram.

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