Families of Nandigram victims seek CBI report

The families of some of the victims who died in the 14 March 2007 police firing at Nandigram are appealing to the Calcutta High Court seeking the status on the CBI chargesheet filed earlier.

Over 100 were named in the chargesheet, including government personnel and political leaders belonging to the ruling party of the day–the CPIM. The appeal is expected to be filed by this week, said sources in the TMC.

This appeal comes in the wake of the Calcutta High Court granting bail to the former CPI-M MP, Lakshman Seth, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the disappearance of six persons from the Nandigram area in 2007. Meanwhile, senior Trinamool leader and MP from Tamluk, Suvendu Adhikari, said he would request the State Criminal Investigation Department [CID] to appeal against the court’s order granting bail to Seth.

The CID had filed a chargesheet, naming Seth as one of the 88 accused persons on 30 January in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Haldia. It said the six persons who went missing were attacked by CPI[M] supporters and investigations revealed that their bodies were later dumped into the Haldi river.

The Supreme Court had earlier allowed the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government to withdraw the petition filed by the previous Left Front government on the issue of Nandigram police firing in which 14 persons were killed during the anti-land acquisition protest.

The CPM-led government had challenged the Calcutta High Court order indicting it for the ‘unjustified’ firing on innocent people in Nandigram and directing it to pay a uniform compensation of Rs 5 lakh to families of each of the 14 persons killed and Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh to those raped and injured.
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