Nandigram, March 19: Mouths stuffed with mishti, Sonachura villagers today celebrated “victory” after the East Midnapore administration issued a circular saying land would not be acquired for industry in Nandigram.
When news of the circular reached the supporters of the Bhoomi Uchchhed Pratirodh Committee at Sonachura bazaar this evening, they rushed to Debu Manna’s sweetshop and emptied his stock of rosogolla, sandesh and kalojam.
Since last evening, thousands had begun streaming into the six villages — Sonachura, Gangra, Jalpai, Mondalpara, Adhikarypara and Maheshpur — where police had moved in on Wednesday.
They had another objective in mind, though — to free the villages of CPM control.
The circular and the home secretary’s announcement that the police force would be phased out from tonight put the CPM on the backfoot.
The party’s workers and supporters in Sonachura and its neighbouring villages began to file out towards Tekhali and Khejuri with their families.
Their grim faces bore a stark contrast to the smiling members of the Save Farmland Committee as they took out “victory” processions.
Sonachura and the other villages were wrapped in Congress and Trinamul Congress flags. Only the staple green abir was missing.
A handful of policemen stationed at Kadambari High School in Sonachura watched in silence as the crowds roared.
“We feel very happy today. We feel as if we have won a battle and those who died are martyrs. Villagers are also flocking to Sonachura from Garchakraberia and South Khali to join us in the celebration,” said Abu Taher, convener of the committee and a local Trinamul leader.
The committee has opened a camp for supporters from Khejuri who were forced to flee their homes in the CPM stronghold. “Already 300 people from Khejuri have arrived and we are expecting some more,” said Taher.
After the January violence in Nandigram, in which the land-acquisition protesters had the upper hand, several CPM supporters had left their homes for a party camp in Khejuri.
But Wednesday’s firing turned the tide. Members of the farmland committee trickled out of the villages, while the CPM backers stormed in with the police.
“Ever since the Left Front decided that land in Nandigram would not be taken over, we felt confident about our victory. Today we know we have won,” said Jagannath Bera, 42-year-old farmer.
Dejected CPM supporters trudged out of the villages, uncertain about their future.
“I don’t know when we will return again. There will not be any police to protect us now as they are moving away,” said Sumita Samanta, the wife of a CPM worker from Sonachura.
Nandigram rocked the Bengal Assembly today with the Trinamul Congress and the Congress disrupting question hour and walking out separately demanding the resignation of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
Although Congress MLAs later joined the House, Trinamul leaders remained absent.
Outside the House, they displayed a bottle of “blood” (made of water and red paint) and shouted slogans.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Mishti & march to mark ‘victory’
at 2:27 PM
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?