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Mamata reaches Nandigram; injured in stone-pelting
March 15, 2007 12:33 IST
Last Updated: March 15, 2007 13:33 IST
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday reached Nandigram in East Midnapore district, where 11 people were killed in police firing. However, she has been admitted at Nandigram hospital after being allegedly hit by a stone.
CPI(M) cadres were picketing on the road on Thursday morning but Banerjee's convoy, escorted by the police, swept past them accompanied by a large contingent of mediapersons. On Wednesday night, some CPI(M) cadres had blocked her convoy as it tried to reach the trouble-torn area.
Banerjee, whose party is spearheading the agitation against acquisition of farmland for a proposed SEZ by the Left Front government, entered Nandigram in a procession with members of the Krishi Jami Raksha Committee.
She said industry and agriculture were two different things and one should not be sacrificed for the other, while accusing Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of creating 'unrest' in the area in the name of industrialisation.
She alleged that agricultural land was being taken away from farmers without proper compensation being given to them.
The police, who had not entered Nandigram since violence in early January left six dead, made a fresh bid to enter on Wednesday and were faced with fierce resistance from the Krishi Jami Raksha Committee.
In the firing that followed, 11 people were killed and 75 injured.
The villagers had dug up roads and damaged bridges to prevent police from entering Nandigram, which has witnessed recurring clashes between CPI-M and Committee members since January.