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Mamata remembers Nandigram land movement victims on its 10th anniversary

A total of 14 people were killed in Nandigram in East Midnapore district in West Bengal on March 14, 2007, in a police firing following a farmers protest

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Bring Software Industries to West Bengal, says CM Mamata Banerjee to Bengali Diaspora. Wikimedia

Kolkata, March 14, 2017: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remembered those who died in the Nandigram land movement on its 10th anniversary on Tuesday and said the state government was committed to protect the farmers.

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“To mark the occasion we will honour farmers with Krishak Ratna Samman at a function at Nazrul Mancha”, she said.

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A total of 14 people were killed in Nandigram in East Midnapore district on March 14, 2007, in police firing following a farmers protest triggered by the acquisition of land for a chemical hub by the then Left Front (LF) government.

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The incident, coupled with the farmers’ movement in Hooghly district’s Singur over the LF regime’s land acquisition for a Tata Motors Nano plant, played a major role in bringing about the downfall of the 34-year-old communist government and catapulting Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress to power in 2011. (IANS)

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    Who fabricated rape story of Nandigram? WHAT
    HAPPENED TO RAPE CASE OF NANDIGRAM? On Jan 14, 2014, Nandigram got a
    130-foot-tall column, or Minar. Built on initiative of Trinamool MP, it is a
    memorial to 14 villagers killed in police firing as well as to women raped
    during that movement. And one rape victim inaugurated it. Tears welled up in
    the eyes of the 52-year-old woman, who had allegedly been gangraped twice. On
    March 14, 2007, she was attacked twice by CPM goons. Her house was burnt. BUT
    SHE HAS NOT GOT JUSTICE EVEN AFTER Trinamool got POWER. This rape victim
    symbolized the fight against land grabbing as per Suvendu Adhikari, MP. He told
    this to Media. It is only second to Kolkata Shahid Minar (168 ft). Nandigram Minar
    is built at Rs 2.25 crore. Adhikari says what inspired him is the Minar at
    Jalianwala Bagh and the Bhasha Shaeed Minar in Dhaka. He contributed Rs 30 lakh
    from MP allowances. TOWER MAKING IS FINE. BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RAPE CASE? CAN
    RAPE VICTIM BECOME A VIP? IS RAPIST A VIP? TMC IS IN POWER. Who is preventing
    to investigate and punish the rapists? IS THIS ANOTHER CHAMPALA SARDAR CASE? No
    RAPE CASE by police? Only celebration? RAPE
    IS NOT FOR CELEBRATION. Where is the CASE? ALEEK KUNATYA RONGE; MOJE LOK RAREH BONGE;
    NIROKHIA PULOKE HRIDOY;

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  • asit guin

    Who fabricated rape story of Nandigram? WHAT
    HAPPENED TO RAPE CASE OF NANDIGRAM? On Jan 14, 2014, Nandigram got a
    130-foot-tall column, or Minar. Built on initiative of Trinamool MP, it is a
    memorial to 14 villagers killed in police firing as well as to women raped
    during that movement. And one rape victim inaugurated it. Tears welled up in
    the eyes of the 52-year-old woman, who had allegedly been gangraped twice. On
    March 14, 2007, she was attacked twice by CPM goons. Her house was burnt. BUT
    SHE HAS NOT GOT JUSTICE EVEN AFTER Trinamool got POWER. This rape victim
    symbolized the fight against land grabbing as per Suvendu Adhikari, MP. He told
    this to Media. It is only second to Kolkata Shahid Minar (168 ft). Nandigram Minar
    is built at Rs 2.25 crore. Adhikari says what inspired him is the Minar at
    Jalianwala Bagh and the Bhasha Shaeed Minar in Dhaka. He contributed Rs 30 lakh
    from MP allowances. TOWER MAKING IS FINE. BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RAPE CASE? CAN
    RAPE VICTIM BECOME A VIP? IS RAPIST A VIP? TMC IS IN POWER. Who is preventing
    to investigate and punish the rapists? IS THIS ANOTHER CHAMPALA SARDAR CASE? No
    RAPE CASE by police? Only celebration? RAPE
    IS NOT FOR CELEBRATION. Where is the CASE? ALEEK KUNATYA RONGE; MOJE LOK RAREH BONGE;
    NIROKHIA PULOKE HRIDOY;

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Mamata Accused Parties for Spreading Hatred, Called ‘Shameless Politics’

Banerjee's comments have come two days after she had accused the Narendra Modi government of "politicising" the Pulwama terror attack.

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Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Wikimedia

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Wednesday accused certain political parties and people holding constitutional positions in the country of rumour-mongering and spreading hatred in the society, and termed it “shameless politics”.

“One section of political parties/groups along with people holding constitutional positions are indulging in rumour-mongering, spreading hatred with dangerous statements. Even journalists are not spared. This is shameless politics. What levels of polluted politics have we descended to?” she wrote on Twitter without naming any particular political outfit.

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Mamata Banerjee accused Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack. Flickr

Banerjee’s comments have come two days after she had accused the Narendra Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack and demanded its ouster for “failure” to take precautionary measures despite an intelligence alert of a possible attack.

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The Trinamool Congress supremo and her senior party leaders, including Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, have also claimed the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were “using the Pulwama incident” to incite communal violence in the state. (IANS)