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CPIM goons were involved in Nandigram Massacre


Nandigram, March 21: Even as a CBI team continued its investigations into the Nandigram firing it is becoming increasingly apparent that a large number of `armed outsiders` were involved in the clash which claimed 14 lives.

The CBI investigations made a major breakthrough two days ago by arresting ten persons hiding in a brick kiln and seizing a huge cache of arms and ammunition from them.

A member of the CBI team said on condition of anonymity that none of the arrested belonged to Nandigram and had arrived from outside.

They were also caught with arms generally not used by the state security forces, he said.

The revelation contradicts the official theory that the clash took place when the police were attacked by villagers and fired in self defence killing 14 persons and injuring scores on March 14.

To a question, the CBI team member also confirmed that a large number of spent bullets, recovered from the clash site did not belong to the category generally used by the police. The bullets were used in countrymade weapons or by hunters.

Although local CPI(M) leaders here are strongly denying the involvement of their activists, it was gradually becoming clear that those arrested by the CBI were party workers and a leader, Naru Maity, is a known CPI(M) activist.

Naru`s father Debashis Maity has told the media that his son was an active CPI(M) member, but expressed ignorance about his involvement in the clash at Nandigram.

The senior Maity, who lives in a different village - Patashpur, also said had he known about Naru`s plans on the fateful day, he would not have allowed him to go there.

He also conceded that the rest of those arrested along with Naru Maity were all CPI(M) activists.

A lawyer, who was present at the Contai First Judicial Magistrate court, where all ten arrested were produced on Sunday, also said that the accused had conceded they were CPI(M) activists.

All the ten accused have been booked under the Arms Act and have been sent to four days police remand and their statement to the police would be crucial in the case which has evoked nationwide interest.

The 25-member CBI team, which is inquiring into Nandigram incident at the directive of the Calcutta High Court, is expected to submit its preliminary report to its New Delhi office, which would then be submitted to the High Court. ZEE NEWS

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posted by Resistance 3/21/2007 11:12:00 PM,

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