State Terror: Government sponsored brutal mass killings at Nadigram

THE INCIDENT: 14 innocent ordinary people, mostly women and children were brutally murdered and hundreds injured by the police and CPI(M) party (the ruling communist party of West Bengal state) cadres at Nandigram on March 14, for forceful land acquisition  by the government. The incident has become one of the darkest events of Indian history.

Many faces of the ‘Terrorist’?

The advice to drivers is; ‘drive slow, to avoid unpleasant incidents’. Buddhadev Bhattacharya, the communist Chief Minister of West Bengal, leading the CPI(M) party, that came to power by the support of the poor people of West Bengal  in his mad hunger for ‘industrialization’ forgot that advice and acted no short of Hitler in carrying out his process of land acquisition for industrialization.

On March 14 2007, he (being the Police Minister of the state as well) sent a huge battalion of police fully armed, to Nandigram, that he had eyed to acquire for the Salem Group. The police opened fire mercilessly on the villagers who had gathered. Women and children who were in the front received the maximum bullets and lathicharge. Officially 14 died in the firing and hundreds were injured.

This shocked the nation into silence. This incident, which took away the lives of several innocent, ordinary women and children, reminds us of the way Lebanese children are killed by Jewish bombs (you are warned that the link contains pictures that may deeply bother you and set your tears rolling).

While the Governor went to Nandigram to see the situatiuon (so did many other national leaders) and personally meet the suffering people, no leader of CPI(M), neither the Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya went to Nandigram to meet the injured and suffering people. Why? Is it out of guilt?

An unanimous protest, never seen before

For the first time in history, the state of West Bengal saw what is called an unanimous protest by people of all faith and political color. Even CPI(M) supporters and intellectuals showed their hearty protest by quitting various state-given posts, returing various state-level awards like Rabindra Puraskar, Bankim Puroskar, and Vidyasagar Puroskar. The CPI(M) party allies like CPI, Forward Block, and RSP feel that this incident has copmpletely washed the 30 years’ reputation of the Left Front government of West Bengal.

Disturbing images of state-sponsored Nandigram killings

The CBI probe report has highlighted facts, like:

  1. The police opened fire on the villagers without any attack on them.
  2. CPI(M) supporters were with the police during the firing and mass killing. They helped the police by firing at the innocent villagers. Sharp instruments were also used. Children were ripped from the legs and thrown into the water. Ten CPI(M) supporters were arrested by the CBI team and arms and ammunition recovered that did not belong to the police.
  3. Women of the village were raped by the police (Bengali Statesman puts the figure at 19) during the massacre.

State terror at Nandigram, carried out by the communist Government

What the Humanists’ Association demands

  1. We do not believe in ‘discussions’ and saying ‘sorry’. That cannot be the punishment of the people responsible for this darkest incident of history, since that way many criminals can say ‘sorry’ and get away after committing a crime. We demand an immediate arrest and punishment of the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mr. Buddhadev Bhattacharya according to the existing law, as he has already admitted being responsible for the incident of Nandigram genocide.
  2. We demand an immediate arrest of the policemen and party cadres involved, and a quick punishment to set an example before all, since the CBI probe report has established beyond doubt that the policemen were not attacked before the incident.

Voice your protest

If you agree to our demands, please protest this incident that is only comparable to the Jalianwalabag Massacre (click to know more about Jalianwalabag Massacre); send your demands to the Prime Minister’s Office (click here), and also to the Governor of West Bengal (click here). Write your comments below this article. It does not matter which party you support; people of all faith and ideology have unanimously protested the Nandigram killings. Let the human inside you speak before the supporter.

A Nandigram victim (pic 1) at a local health-center, and A woman (pic 2) seen at her hideout with her child in fear of the state terror

The mail sent to the Governor of West Bengal by Humanists’ Association, after the incident

Gopal Krishna Gandhi, honorable Governor of West Bengal, and the grandson of the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, opened his mouth against the government in protest of the brutal mass-killings

To  The Honorable Governor of West Bengal
Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi

From Humanists’ Association
[Regd. Office: P 2 Block B Lake Town, Kolkata 700089]

Dear Sir,
With reference to the barbaric incident of mass killing at
Nandigram on March 14, 2007, we express our deep concern. We are proud of
you and thank you for your immediate reaction and clear comments on the
matter.

We would be grateful if you could visit Nandigram as the
Governor/ the head of Red Cross to assess the situation and find out the
exact number of

  1. people killed in the massacre
  2. women raped or gang raped on 14.03.07.
  3. people missing since the massacre.

We the undersigned assure you of our cooperation and
promise to accompany you to Nandigram any time. Our members and we are ready
to extend any kind of help in this grim situation. Please contact us at the
phone numbers given below for fastest communication.

We thank you once again.
Yours sincerely

PRABIR GHOSH SUMITRA PADMANABHAN
[ Working President                                 [General Secretary
Humanists’ Association                         Humanists’ Association
Mobile: 93301 21900]                             Mobile: 9330123900]

Police (pic 1)  and CPI(M) cadres (pic 2) carried out the mass killings in a joint action, suggest CBI probe

Picture courtesy: various media & Anindyasundar

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4 Responses to “State Terror: Government sponsored brutal mass killings at Nadigram”

  1. Angsuman Tarafdar 14 November 2010 at 9:04 AM #

    The legacy of atrocity unleashed since inception of the Left Front Govt., has established a gory truth that for the past 34 years we have been governed by hooligans and administered by their quislings.

  2. Brito Fernando 30 April 2011 at 6:25 AM #

    Gandhi G,Though the Politician wear clothes to show simpliness as you taught them yet they do not have the most important thing you thought them, the love to the mankind.
    Shame on the West Bengal Chief minister, the CPI (M) party and it’s cader’s who participated and who keep silence over this and on the so called democratic Indian leaders who do not take any action against this.

  3. asit guin 8 February 2014 at 7:04 PM #

    In the investigation of the Nandigram police firing, CBI found involvement of TMC. No evidence has been found that CPI (M) had infiltrated police & fired at innocents. Neither have they found any evidence of ‘trawler’ filled dead bodies ‘smuggled’ out of Nandigram. CBI failed to find any remains of slaughtered children. The story that emerges out of the two charge-sheets filed by the CBI in the Haldia Court on the events of 18th March, 2007 is completely different from what the Congress, Trinamul party, a section of the intellectuals & the press had campaigned. It was this vicious campaign that galvanized the public opinion against the 34 year LF govt. There were two incidents of shooting that day, Bhangabera Bridge & Gokulnagar. CBI has submitted two separate charge-sheets. What emerges is that there were armed miscreants hiding behind the assembled people, mainly women & children. They had fired on the police. The incident at the Bhangabera Bridge has 129 accused, four of them deceased. The first name on the list is one Ashok Mondol, a resident of Sonachura & Trinamul worker. His elder brother, Ajay Mondol was a Trinamul candidate in the Panchayat elections & has become a Panchayat Samiti member. There is Subodh Patra, TMC candidate for the 2003 Panchayat polls from Sonachura. Accused no. 116 is Sonachura resident Rabin Mondol, a local TMC leader. He had played a big role in the year long terror & anarchy in that region. The key protagonist of this campaign, Krishnapada Mondol, is a TMC worker & relative of TMC leader, Nishikanta Mondol. Other accused, Rashbehari Khara, Prasenjit Karon, Gobinda Paik, Shankar Dalapati, Raghunath Dolui, Satyaranjan Manna, Lakhikanta Gayen, Robi Das are all known Trinamul workers & leaders. The list in the other charge-sheet on the Gokulnagar shooting too has TMC workers & leaders, a total of 37. Salil Das Adhikari & Sushil Das Adhikari are known TMC workers & related to TMC Panchayat Samiti member, Swadesh Das Adhikari. The other accused, Moni Rana, Prankrishna Das, Joydev Mondol, Srimanta Mondol are known local workers of the TMC. It is now clear that statements made by Left Front were correct. CBI came to two conclusions fairly early in its investigation, 1) State government had not sent the police to Nandigram secretly. There were numerous forewarnings after that area was cut off & the administration stopped from entering the area. It was clearly declared that the police will go in to restore the rule of law in the area & to carry out repairs to the roads infrastructure destroyed in the area; 2) there was an illegal assembly by the BUCP to stop the police from carrying out its job. Is it sheer coincidence that Mamata Banerjee did not provide the permission to the CBI for interrogating the top police officials?

  4. asit guin 8 February 2014 at 7:05 PM #

    5 yrs after her son died in the march 14, 2007 Nandigram incident, Firoza Biwi, Nandigram MLA asked industry minister the question on industrialization in Nandigram. It was Nandigram and Singur that put TMC to power. TMC had converted Nandigram into a samshan. The people are not against industry. But it is too late. In Nandigram, one police officer sadhucharan Chattopadhyaya was killed in the month of Feb-2007. In March, 14 farmers died in police firing. So policeman was eliminated first, road was dug, panchayet leader sankar Samanta was eliminated, Maoists were very much present in Nandigram with weapons and providing training. Police firing was unfortunate, but it has occurred as an effect of many other unfortunate incidents occurred beforehand. Already sill commission told that dinhata police firing is ok. So, what is wrong with Nandigram firing? Can the present govt or any govt arrange rasagullas for road-diggers?


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