Trinamool leader, wife get bail in Nandigram protest case

Protest against the 2007 Nandigram firing which left 14 persons dead turned up to haunt Trinamool Congress Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay and his MLA wife, who surrendered in a court here and received bail.

Kolkata: Protest against the 2007 Nandigram
firing which left 14 persons dead turned up to haunt Trinamool
Congress Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay and his
MLA wife, who surrendered on Tuesday in a court here and received
bail.

The Sixth Metropolitan Magistrate Madan Mohan Mishra
granted bail to Bandopadhyay and his wife Nayana, who had been
declared absconders and warrants issued against them, on a
surety of Rs 500 each.
It was alleged that on March 16, when the Trinamool
Congress had called a Bengal bandh to protest the March 14
firing at Nandigram, Bandopadhyay, his wife and some others
had pelted stones on a government bus breaking its windshield.

The Taltala police station had registered a case of
rioting and mischief against them.
While the others had surrendered and were granted bail
earlier, police had told the court that the two were not to be
found and as such arrest warrants were issued against them.

"I am really surprised and shocked that though I am the
Chief Whip of the Trinamool Congress in Lok Sabha and I am
very much present here, the police say we are absconders,"
Bandopadhyay said.

Alleging that the West Bengal government was vindictive,
he said that Nandigram was a national issue.

"Those who ordered the firing and fired on innocent
villagers claiming 14 lives should be tried for murder and not
those who protested against such a heinous act," he said.

Stating that this showed how the state government and
the police were working under Left Front, he said he would
take up the issue with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and
the Union Law Ministry.

The matter would come up for hearing again on August 12.

PTI