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Shahi Imam faces the heat Nandigram
June 12, 2007 16:25 IST
The Shahi Imam of New Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, on Tuesday had to leave Nandigram after protests by members of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee that is spearheading the movement to oppose the acquisition of land for industry.
Bukhari held a press conference after being denied permission by police to enter Nandigram but had to wind it up when BUPC supporters began their protest.
His claim at the press conference that vested interests were trying to divide Hindus and Muslims in Nandigram drew an angry response from the BUPC.
The demonstrators shouted that he was an agent of the government.
Bukhari also said that firing and bomb throwing was continuing in the area even after the state government had declared that there would be no acquisition of land in Nandigram.
Bukhari had met West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday and said he would carry the latter's message that peace should be restored in Nandigram.