Nandigram (WB), March 20: Even as a CBI team continued
its investigations into the Nandigram firing it is becoming
increasingly apparent that a large number of 'armed outsiders'
were involved in the clash which claimed 14 lives.
The CBI investigations made a major breakthrough two days
ago by arresting ten persons hiding in a brick kiln and
seizing a huge cache of arms and ammunition from them.
A member of the CBI team said on condition of anonymity
that none of the arrested belonged to Nandigram and had
arrived from outside.
They were also caught with arms generally not used by the
state security forces, he said.
The revelation contradicts the official theory that the
clash took place when the police were attacked by villagers
and fired in self-defence killing 14 persons and injuring
scores on March 14.
To a question, the CBI team member also confirmed that a
large number of spent bullets, recovered from the clash site
did not belong to the category generally used by the police.
The bullets were used in countrymade weapons or by hunters.
Although local CPI(M) leaders here are strongly denying
the involvement of their activists, it was gradually becoming
clear that those arrested by the CBI were party workers and a
leader, Naru Maity, is a known CPI(M) activist.
Naru's father Debashis Maity has told the media that his
son was an active CPI(M) member, but expressed ignorance about
his involvement in the clash at Nandigram.