|A STAFF REPORTER|
Calcutta, March 21: The CBI today said the police contingent sent to reclaim Nandigram last week had not fired just 37 rounds, as two FIRs seemed to suggest, but many more.
The agency, asked by the high court to probe the March 14 firing that claimed over a dozen lives, submitted its preliminary report to the court’s registrar-general late this afternoon.
The hearing is scheduled tomorrow.
CBI officials said the bureau would seek more time from the court before it comes up with a detailed report on the police action.
The officials said the agency in its preliminary report has said not all the bullets fired on that day were from police weapons and the firing could have been averted if there was “more coordination” between the senior officials and the forces.
Questions have also been raised on what exactly provoked the police to “open fire”. Many CBI officers are wondering if heavy brick-batting from the villagers — soon after the first tear gas shells were lobbed — triggered the firing.
“As many as 30 officers from different ranks were pressed into service for preparing the preliminary report, other than several sources that we had to tap to get the information,” said an officer handling the case.
“We have tried our best to put together all the information but the post-mortem reports on all the deceased have not been made available to us.”
CBI officials, who spoke to some of the injured villagers and several eyewitnesses, are also asking whether all the injuries were caused by bullets and why, if there was heavy retaliation from the villagers, only a couple of police officers were injured. The agency has also questioned why some villagers received chopper injuries when the police weren’t carrying such weapons, which suggests the presence of “outsiders”.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice S.S. Nijjar had on March 15 ordered the CBI to probe the incident. Court insiders said the central agency would present the case before the chief justice, who had been away for the last three days and is likely to join tomorrow.
Asked whether the government would submit its affidavit tomorrow, advocate general Balai Ray said: “The court had not fixed any deadline for us and so it is not imperative for us to submit the affidavit by Thursday.”
The court had asked the government to state in its affidavit the name of the officer who ordered the firing. It also wanted to know what penal action would be taken if it was established that there was not enough justification to open fire.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
CBI contests bullet count claim
नंदीग्राम में 100 से ज्यादा लोग मारे गये हैं, 200 अब भी लापता हैं. वहां महिलाओं के साथ सीपीएम के कैडरों ने बलात्कार किया. बच्चों तक को नहीं छोड़ा गया है. सीपीएम की इस क्रूरता और निर्लज्जता का विरोध होना चाहिए. हमें नंदीग्राम, सिंगूर और हर उस जगह के किसानों के आंदोलन का समर्थन करना चाहिए, जो अपनी जमीन बचाने के लिए लड़ाई लड़ रहे हैं. यह दस्तावेज़ी फ़िल्म किसानों के इसी संघर्ष के बारे में है. यह फ़िल्म नंदीग्राम के ताज़ा नरसंहार से पहले बनायी गयी थी.
यह फिल्म पुलिस द्वारा नंदीग्राम में बर्बर तरीके से की गयी हत्याओं एवं उनकी भयावहता व बर्बरता के बारे में है. इसके कई दृ़श्य विचलित कर देनेवाले हैं.
नंदीग्राम में सीपीएम सरकार की पुलिस ने जो बर्बर कार्रवाई की, वह अब खुल कर सामने आने लगी है. यह फ़िल्म उसी बर्बरता के बारे में है. इसके कई दृश्य आपको विचलित कर सकते हैं. आप इसे तभी देखें जब आप वीभत्स दृश्य देख सकने की क्षमता रखते हों. हम खुद शर्मिंदा हैं कि हमें ऐसे दृश्य आपको दिखाने पड़ रहे हैं, पर ये आज की हकीकत हैं. इनसे कैसे मुंह मोडा़ जा सकता है?