|- CBI crackdown forces back comrades|
One army is on the retreat in Nandigram, its mission foiled by last week’s police firing and its aftermath.
“We never expected things to be so volatile after March 14 (the day of the mayhem) and we’ll have to leave without finishing our assignment,” rued a CPM activist when this correspondent met him at a place near Tamluk.
The 30-year-old is part of a seven-member “Red Brigade” from Keshpur that rode into town nine days ago but is now on its way back because of a CBI crackdown.
The brigade had fought the CPM’s turf battle against the Trinamul Congress in the late 1990s. The action squads of the CPM are popularly known as “Red Brigades”.
“It was the same situation. We were prepared to help our men reclaim the areas in Nandigram that they had lost in recent weeks. The motive was to take revenge and attack our rivals but we are clueless now,” he said.
Holed up in a room near Khejuri since they arrived on five bikes from West Midnapore’s Anandapur, close to Keshpur, the squad was given arms and ammunition by local leaders.
“Party leaders in Keshpur sent us and provided arms. We were sent very secretly and nobody knew about it, not even our family members. We have been doing this over the past nine years but…” the man trailed off.
So what went wrong this time? The indiscriminate firing, he says.
“We knew that the villagers will put up stiff resistance. But the police mishandled the situation and scuttled our plans. We never expected them to react in such a manner and turn Nandigram into a killing field,” revealed the leader of the group, sitting on the floor of the tiled room. In the corner were seven rucksacks — uncomfortable reminders of a job left unfinished.
“We would have been successful but the police caused the problem. We had decided to maintain a distance from the police this time and would have attacked only when the police would be able to get them (opponents) to retreat. But this did not happen,” he said.
Another member of the “brigade” rued the timing. “The very next day (after the firing), the high court asked the CBI to carry out an investigation. The outcry over the firing also put us in a fix.”
After the arrest of their comrades yesterday, the nervousness is apparent, as is the realisation that it’s time to return. “We were always in touch with our leaders in Keshpur, but last night, they asked us to pack up and return. We are returning with a sense of guilt that we could not do anything this time,” the leader said, waving a Nandigram map dotted with targets.
But another member felt it was only a matter of time before the “brigade” came back. “The party might need our services after some time and, who knows, we might have to come back again. Our lives are dedicated to the party.”
|IMRAN AHMED SIDDIQUI IN NANDIGRA|
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
‘Revenge’ brigade beats a retreat
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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?