Jyoti Basu assures compliance with court order on Nandigram


Kolkata : Communist patriarch Jyoti Basu Friday said the Left Front government in West Bengal would comply with the directions of the Calcutta High Court for restoring peace and normalcy in trouble-torn Nandigram in East Midnapore district of West Bengal.

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“The state government will act in accordance with the directives of the Calcutta High Court,” Basu told reporters after a meeting of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state secretariat here.

A division bench of the high court Thursday ordered the state government to quickly restore normalcy in violence-hit Nandigram, after the state submitted a status report on it.

The bench comprising Chief Justice S.S. Nijjar and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh asked the government to mitigate the volatile situation in Nandigram, about 150 km from here, and to ensure return of people who fled villages and restoration of their fundamental rights in the wake of violence since January this year over acquisition of agricultural land for an industrial complex.

On March 14, at least 14 people died, over a hundred injured and women were raped during a police action in Nandigram.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and the party’s state secretary Biman Bose were present in the state secretariat meeting.

Basu also condemned the attack on a relief team of Kolkata intellectuals in Nandigram by CPI-M supporters Tuesday.

“It is very bad. I do not know who has done this,” Basu said.

The much-deferred hearing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on Nandigram began Wednesday amid fresh violence in the area claiming one life.

The official toll since January touched 21 with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the anti-acquisition Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) waging a war against each other.