|Rival groups agree to stop violence in Nandigram |
|Thursday, 08 November , 2007, 19:27|
Kolkata: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and a Trinamool Congress-backed outfit opposed to farmland acquisition for industries in Nandigram reached a truce on Thursday and agreed to lay down arms, West Bengal Chief Secretary A K Deb said.
The government also announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the 14 people who were killed in police firing and violence in Nandigram on March 14, 2007 and agreed to take action against police officers responsible.
Deb told reporters in Kolkata that the truce was reached at a local-level meeting at Nandigram organised by the district administration between CPM and Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) with the warring sides agreeing to lay down arms.
To a question, he said the rival groups had agreed to lay down arms, stop violence and allow police to take action against anyone.
The Chief Secretary said the situation had worsened in the last few days, prompting the district administration to organise the local-level peace initiative.
The government also decided to consider demands by Trinamoool Congress-backed BUPC for payment of compensation to the injured in the March 14, 2007 violence and separation of Nandigram from Haldia Development Authority, besides withdrawing false cases against the BUPC, Deb said.