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Cong raises Nandigram as Trinamool stays away

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 10:00

Kolkata: The Congress on Monday raised in the
West Bengal Assembly the issue of Nandigram police firing,
which claimed at least 11 lives on March 14 in 2007, while
Trinamool Congress stayed away from the House to protest the

Raising the matter in the state Assembly, former Congress
Legislature Party leader Manas Bhuniya said that the manner in
which the ruling CPI(M) carried out a mass killing in
Nandigram with the police help, was unprecedented in the

"Many are still untraced. Neither the government nor the
police can say for sure when they will return," he said.

Accusing the state government of being a "government of
mass killers," he said that just as in Nandigram, the
government had "directly or indirectly" supported those who
had killed unarmed people in Netai.

Trinamool Congress members, however, chose to stay away
from the House in protest against the firing on unarmed people
in Nandigram.

"We have decided that at least for today, we will not
sit inside the House with members of the killer government,"
senior Trinamool Congress MLA Sovandeb Chattopadhyay said.

Earlier, the Trinamool Congress members paid floral
tributes at a martyr`s column in the Assembly premises to
those killed in the Nandigram police firing. A minute`s
silence was also observed in their memory.

Trinamool Congress members wore black badges in protest
against the police firing.


First Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 10:00
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