Carnage at CPM behest: Rights group
Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, March 25: A group of human rights activists, social workers and advocates who visited trouble-torn Nandigram after the massacre on 14 March said in their fact-finding report that “the command of the police force” on the day of carnage was “in the hands of CPI-M party leaders”. Mr Amitdyuti Kumar, state committee member of Association for Protection of Democratic Right said that they intend to submit their report to Calcutta High Court.
The team went to Nandigram on 15 March, a day after the carnage, and spent two days there to find the circumstances leading to such a massive police action. The report read :“From reports and testimonies that we received, it seems that the command of the police force was in the hands of the CPI-M party leaders. A number of CPI-M leaders at the local-level were also present. The invasion itself was planned by both party and police officials. Police uniforms were used by party cadres and important local leaders who were a part of the force.”
According to the report, victims have identified five CPI-M leaders of Khejuri ~ Mr Bijon Roy, Mr Rabiul Khan, Mr Himangshu Das, Mr Swadhin Pramanik, and Mr Kebal Das ~ who were present when the attack took place. The report also disclosed identities of 13 CPI-M leaders of Nandigram who were present during the massacre. One of the injured, Mr Subodh Das, a resident of Gangara village, was quoted in the report saying “I identified eight of those who fired bullets.”