Nandigram: Factfinding Report (Complete) by APDR and PBKMS - Part I


Report of Investigation Into Nandigram Mass Killings
By Association for Protection of Democratic Rights
(APDR) and Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity (PBKMS)
(Released on 22 March 2007)

Background
Association for Protection of Democratic Rights(APDR)
and Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity(PBKMS) put
forward a petition to the Kolkata High Court on 15th
March 2007 urging immediate intervention of the court
to reinstate safety and security of the villagers in
Nandigram. The organisations also pleaded for an
interim order restraining the state administration
from preventing them from reaching Nandigram to
provide assistance to injured and deceased villagers.

On 15th March 2007, a Division Bench of the High Court
comprising Honourable Chief Justice S S Nijjar and
Honourable Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh also took suo
moto note of the incident . It also passed orders on
the petition of APDR and PBKMS and reprimanded the
state government stating:

" it seems as if the Police Department which is under
the control of the Home Department is not even aware
of the existence of Article 21 of the Constitution of
India
..This Article specifically guarantees that 'no
person shall be deprived of his life or personal
liberty except according to procedure established by
law'. Oblivious of the aforesaid guarantee, the police
has resorted to gun firing on a large crowd protesting
against the proposal to acquire their land."

Further the order states "we are satisfied that this
action of the police department is wholly
unconstitutional and can not be justified under any
provision of law." The court also stated "Such kind of
force can not be justified except in the cases of
armed insurgency or warlike situation. Innocent
farmers and villagers can hardly be put into the
aforesaid bracket."

The court in its order directed the following:

· It restrained the state
administration from stopping the petitioner
organisations and other NGOs from reaching Nandigram
to provide assistance to injured and deceased
villagers.

· The court directed the CBI to
immediately send an investigating team to the strife
-torn area and look into the circumstances that led to
the police firing which claimed innumerable casualties
in Nandigram. The CBI team is directed to immediately
visit Nandigram and any other surrounding affected
area and collect the entire relevant materials of
firing by the police and combat forces to be presented
before the court in the form of a report.

· It directed the district
administration to ensure that the unclaimed dead
bodies are handed over to the appropriate authorities
and the identified dead bodies are handed over to the
lawful claimants after due legal formalities have been
concluded, such as post mortem and inquest report, so
that the relatives are able to perform the last rites
of the deceased.

· The state government has also
been directed to file an affidavit setting out the
reasons for the police action which has been taken
against the population of Nandigram by resorting
indiscriminate firing by the police. The affidavit
should also disclose the material on the basis of
which the order for firing was issued.

· The court also directed that
under no circumstances any evidence should be
destroyed by any person and instructed the CBI to
collect all evidence including the post-mortem
conducted on the victims of the firing.

· In view of the absolutely
volcanic situation created, the court further directed
the state government to ensure the safety and
well-being of all the general public in the area. The
state is also directed to take adequate measure to
provide medical facilities to the injured villagers.

In response to the above, the two petitioner
organisations along with some concerned individuals
visited Nandigram and Tamluk and the affected villages
on 15th and 16th March 2007.

The team consisted of Amitadyuti Kumar, Anuradha
Talwar, Arjun Das, Bibek Tripathy, Chiroranjan Pal,
Jeeban Modak, Panchali Roy, Pramod Gupta, Prasad
Roychowdhury, Raghunath Chakraborty (Adv), Sandeep
Singha, Sadhan Roychowdhury (Adv), Dr. (Mrs.) Subrata
Sarkar, Sujoy Ganguly and Subrata Roy.

Response of the Administration
At about 8 PM on 15.03.2007 a team went to the office
of the District Magistrate, Purba Medinipore where Mr.
Anup Agarwal, District Magistrate, Purba Medinipore
was present. The team expressed their strong resolve
to go to Nandigram and sought the assistance of the
District Magistrate to enable the team to proceed for
Nandigram immediately.

The District Magistrate, Purba Medinipore, however,
flatly refused to entertain any such request for
rendering assistance to the team on various counts or
grounds saying that the District Magistrate, Purba
Medinipore is not a party in the writ petition and
that the said District Magistrate, Purba Medinipore
has no legal or moral obligation to entertain any of
the requests on the subject. Then the District
Magistrate, Purba Medinipore advised the members of
the team not to go to Nandigram on the ground that
seeing the members of the team the people of Nandigram
may be charged thereby there will be apprehension of
breach of law and order. The apprehension that the
team would encourage disorder was also echoed by
Kalyan Banerjee, ASP on Special Duty whom we met at
Chandipur police station.

The impression we got was that the administration was
unhappy about outside intervention in Nandigram even
though people were in dire need of aid of all kinds.

Before the 14th
In spite of prior information of amassing of arms and
goons and appeals by the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh
Committee before 6th January, no action was taken then
by the police to prevent attacks by armed party cadre
on the 6th January. From 6th January onwards, there
were almost daily attacks from the Khejuri side of the
Talpati Canal by the CPM. The Haldia Development
Authority, of which Lakshman Seth, CPM MP, is the
Chairperson, tried an economic blockade by stopping
the ferry, the main means of transport for
agricultural goods from Nandigram villages to Haldia.
CPM had regular camps on the roads that led to
Nandigram and organised harassment of all media,
social activists and even common people who tried to
enter the area. The police invasion of Nandigram was
only ordered when after two and half months the party
goons and leaders in surrounding areas failed to
suppress the local anti land acquisition movement.
There seems to have been no other pressing reason for
the attack suddenly at this juncture.

>From press reports, it is obvious that the action in
Nandigram was planned and executed in advance. On the
12th itself media reports began coming in showing that
such action was being planned by the State Government.
An all party meeting which was boycotted by the
members and parties in the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh
Committee decided on action for the police to enter
Nandigram. That high level people in the
administration along with ministers and top level
decision makers were involved is also clear from the
fact that armed police battalions were brought in from
Krishnagar, Jalpaiguri and many other places. News
reports also speak of a planning meeting before the
operation on the 14th where CPM party leaders and a
senior police official sat together in a party office
at Kunjapur.

The Government also seemed ready for some unpleasant
consequences. The District Magistrate for example
justified actions on the 14th by informing us that
"such unhappy events would have happened whenever we
had gone into the area".

The team met Nilanjana Dasgupta, SDO, Tamluk
Subdivision, on 15th evening at Tamluk hospital.
According to Nilanjana Dasgupta, SDO, Tamluk
Subdivision, the action on 14th March 2007 in
Nandigram was not known in advance by her. No
discussion on such an action being taken by the
district administration took place beforehand. She was
also not sure whether there was any provocation that
led to the decision to use police force, as the area
was cut off from the rest of the district and they had
no idea of what was happening inside. She had heard
that a gang rape had taken place there, which may have
been a causative factor, but was not able to say
whether this was a confirmed report. She also said
there was some concern about rising food prices and
food shortages in the area.

The fact that things spun out of control of the
district administration can be gauged from the fact
that SDO Tamluk subdivision was in a development
meeting that day when the firing was taking place. All
BDOs and Sabhapatis of the blocks in Tamluk
subdivision were with her. She was asked at 2.30 PM to
stop the meeting and to rush to the district hospital
immediately to get the hospital ready to receive the
wounded from Nandigram.

The general impression that we got from talking to
some people in the administration was that there were
in fact attempts by the ASP and other police officials
to start confidence building measures in the local
area so that the police could start gradually going
in. Along with this, there had also been planning for
the administration to go in with food relief in order
to build up people's confidence. One section of the
administration was therefore totally taken by surprise
by the events on the 14th.

Combined Party Police Action


>From reports and testimonies that we received it seems
that the command of the police force was in the hands
of the CPM party leaders. A number of CPM leaders at
the local level were also present. The invasion itself
was planned by both party and police officials, Police
uniforms were used by party cadre and important local
leaders who were a part of the invading force.

"....I went to attend the puja there and police
started chasing and while running I fell down and the
police and other people(dressed in police uniforms but
no police boots instead sandals) started beating me up
mercilessly. ..." Konoklata Das W/o Rabin Chandra Das
Residence- Soudkhali Chowk

".....They were men dressed in uniforms along with the
police but they were wearing sandals and not police
boots. Some of them were carrying lathis while there
were those who were carrying guns..."Sreekanta Mandal.
S/o Ganesh Mandal. Residence- Sonachura

According to the villagers and wounded people, many
goons and leaders of the CPI (M) party accompanied the
police and participated in the attack . They have
also identified some of them. The names of the
identified goons and leaders are as follows:

>From Khejuri :

1. Bijon Roy

2. Rabiul Khan

3. Himangshu Das

4. Swadhin Pramanik

5. Kebal Das s/o Haripada Das

Nandigram :

Ashok Guria , President District Committee AIKS
Naba Samanta, Brother of Shankar Samanta, Sonachura
Joydeb Paik, (LCS) Sonachura
Badal Mondal, Sonachura
Anup Mondal, Panchyat Member of Sonachura
Bapi Bhuiya, President of Krishak Sabha
Sukesh Shanki, Member of Panchayat Samity
Lakshman Mondal, Pradhan, 10 No. Sonachura Gram
Panchayat
Chandan Hajra, Party Member
Rabin Bera, ( LCM of Saud khali)
Arjun Maity,
Iasin Khan, Pradhan, 9 No.Anchal
Satadal Das


In fact it was Anup Mondal, Panchayat member, who
asked the people over a police hand mike from
Bhangabera bridge to disperse and allow the police to
do its job seconds before the attack started.

One of the injured persons clearly identified the CPM
goons present. His testimony is as follows :

Subodh Das, S/o Gangadhar Das, Age: 50, Residence:
Gangra; Occupation: Van driver

I identified 8 of those who fired bullets. They are :-

× Lakhman Mondal. Gangra

× Badal Mondal, Sonachura

× Joydeb Paik, Sonachura

× Anup Mondal, Sonachura

× Sukesh Sanki, Sonachura (South)

× Bapi Bhuiya, Sonachura (South)

× Kebol Das, Kunjapur (Khejuri)

× Parusaram Mondal, Sonachura

According to the witnesses we met, police officials
under whom Wednesday's firing took place were as
follows :-

1) IG Western Range Arun Gupta

2) DIG N. Ramesh Babu

3) S.P. East Midnapore Anil G Srininvasan

4) OC Khejuri PS Amit Hati

5) SDPO Swapan Sinha

It was also reported that the CPM had hidden large
stocks of arms in the following places :-

1) Party Office in Kunjapur

2) ICDS building in Ranichawk

3) Janani Brickfield in Sherkhanchawk- where a
new bathroom has been made, there is a septic tank
which is unused.

4) Bijon Roy's house in Khejuri

Sequence of events
The testimonies and discussions with eyewitnesses and
victims (patients) of the firing show that the
sequence of events given by all these people is more
or less the same. The sequence given below is based on
the testimonies of 62 patients and about 200 villagers
whom we met.

People were aware that there would be an attempt by
the police and party goons to re-enter the area as a
first step towards taking over their land. They
decided to offer peaceful resistance by organising a
Gouranga Puja (incidentally Gouranga is the God
believed to be protector of the people nearby). They
also planned a Koran recitation ceremony. Once this
programme was known, people flocked to the spots where
the Puja and Koraan rectals were being held. At
Bhangabera the Puja was in a trench that had been cut
in the road earlier. About 5,000-6,000 people were
present, of which 3000 were women and about 400-500
were children. The people were unarmed as they were in
religious ceremonies. The women and children decided
to stand in front as the people assumed that the
police would not be that much violent with women and
children.

A large police force with firearms and tear gas
arrived in vehicles and buses on the Khejuri side of
the Talpatti Khal in the morning. They were
accompanied by many armed CPM goons. They were also
carrying truckloads of road repair equipments and
materials. At Bhangabera Bridge, [1]they first filled
up a large trench near the bridge. None opposed this.
They then began advancing across the bridge. There
seems to have been no prior warning. It eas reported
that, Anup Mondal of the CPM was using a hand mike,
but most barring a few nearby heard nothing and were
not forewarned about the police action. Without any
proper warning the police-CPI(M) combine began
throwing bombs and tear gas shells. This blinded the
crowd and created confusion and panic. At ths
juncture, the the police-CPI(M) combine began firing
from various firearms and advancing further while
firing. Operations, including the firing and the
filling up of the trench seemed to have been planned
earlier. While the firing continued for about 15
minutes, other forms of violence followed for the next
hour and a half or so.

There are many complaints of horrific and deliberate
acts of violence during this phase and afterwards.
Those rescuing the wounded were prevented from doing
so. Pushpendu Mondal, S/O Beni Madhab Mondal , Vill –
Gangra, Nandigram received bullet injuries in his
belly and right hand. Pulin Behari Mondal (his
neighbour) tried to take him for hospitalisation but
due to lathi charge by the police, Pulin fled the
place. Police and goons took Pushpendu away forcibly.
Women were taken away and raped. Women who tried to
hide or wash their burning eyes in ponds were forced
to come out and then beaten up again. Houses and shops
were looted. Instead of using minimum force necessary
to disperse the unarmed people gathered there, maximum
possible force appear to have been applied to instil
fear and terror in people, to break their morale and
teach them a lesson. The large presence of armed
CPI(M) men, many also in police fatigue injected the
element of vengeance and revenge in the operation.

14 persons from amongst those who were resisting the
attacks were also arrested . Grievous false offences
have been filed against them. Details are in Annexure
4.

Death Toll
According to official statement there are 14 persons
who died due to police firing. Out of them, 9 bodies
had not been identified till the 16th of March 2007.
See Annexure 1 for list of bodies for which post
mortem has been done by the Government.

List of Dead Persons
(Evidence provided by Sankar Narayan Jana General
Secretary, Youth TMC , East Midnapore district.)

SL No
Name
Sex
Village

1.
Sakila Bibi
F
Garchakraberia

2.
SK. Raja (22yrs)
M
Garchakraberia

3.
Shambhu Paul
M
Sonachura

4.
Imadadul Khan
M
Garchakraberia

5.
Proloy Giri
M
Soudkhali

6.
Raja Ram Das
M
Garchakraberia

7.
Gobinda Das
M
Sonachura

8.
Ratan Das
M
Gangra

9.
Supriya Jana
F
Sonachura


4 bodies had still not been identified by them on the
15th of March 2007. (While this report is being
compiled, it was known that all the dead bodies in the
Tamluk Sub Divisional morgue have been identified by
20 March evening)

According to all the 200 or more villagers we met and
the patients admitted in Tamluk Hospital and Nandigram
Hospital, more than 100 persons have died in the
firing. They alleged that most of the bodies were
taken away by the Police-CPI (M) combine by truck
towards Khejuri or buried under the newly repaired
road at Bhangabera.

Please also see Annexure 2 that has the testimonies of
all the patients whom we met.

Concealing of Dead Bodies
According to Abu Taher, an activists of the Bhumi
Ucched Pratirodh Committee

The CPI (M) - police combine disposed off 5 bodies in
the septic tank of the latrine at Janani Brick field,
Khejuri .
Several bodies were earlier carried from Bhangabera
and Tekhali areas to Khejuri and from there to Naya
Char. At 8 PM on the 15th night, launches came from
the Haldia Satkar Samity to Naya Char and the dead
bodies were transferred to these launches. Soon
after, the bodies were burnt on the other side of the
river.
A pick up van was used to take bodies from Tekhali to
Heria, after which their destination was not known.
Some bodies were buried in a sunflower field near
Sonachura by Sudanghsu Samanta of Sonachura and his
men. On hearing that a CBI team was coming, the
bodies were transferred and buried under a bamboo
bridge nearby . Local people would be able to give the
exact location.
A ground floor room in the Khejuri College had been
used as a store house for 4 bodies. After hearing that
the CBI team was coming they tried to transfer these
bodies out but had not been able to do so, as the
police was no longer so cooperative.
Bodies of three children were found in a pond to the
south of Bhangabera, two floating in the pond and one
on the side. When villagers went to recover the
bodies, they were refused access by the police.
Journalists had also not been allowed to go to the
spot.


According to Abdus Sammad of the Bhumi Ucched
Pratirodh Committee

Bodies of children and others had been buried under
the earth that was used to fill up a trench near the
Bhangabera Bridge.
Bodies had also been buried around Shankar Samanta's
house in Bhangabera. He also informed the CBI team
about the same, but they refused to dig up the earth
in the trench. However they did find blood stains and
women's and girls' clothes and undergarments in
Shankara Samanta's premises.
The were corroborated by Sumit Sinha and Mohidul also
activists of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee and
many others.

That the above spots are the likely places where the
bodies of a large number of missing persons, feared to
have been killed have been corroborated by many
people with whom the team interacted.

According to Sukumar Mitra, a journalist working with
the Dainik Statesman,

Two bodies had been found in Geokhali by the 19th of
March, which could be of those killed in the
police-cum-goons firing.
one dead body and a unconscious person had been found
in Uluberia who could again be of those killed.
A mangrove forest in Kadirabad Char was a possible
place for disposal of bodies as that was being used as
a safe haven by armed CPI(M) men .
Bodies could have been burnt in Kalinagar and near
Rasulpur Ghat, as it was known that these spots were
used for disposal of bodies at earlier times.
Meen Dwip near Naya Char had been used for the burning
of bodies.
Furnaces of 7 brick fields (including Shibani and
Janani brick fields) and 2 tile factories in Khejuri
on the other side of Talpati Canal have been used for
disposal of bodies.
Wounded and patients
An analysis of the 83 cases that came to Nandigram
Hospital from 14.3.07 to 16.3.07 ( up to 2 PM) is
given below

Kind of injury/ assault
Number

Brought dead
4

- one case of head bullet injury


- two cases of bullet injury in
abdomen


-one case of stab injury in abdomen


Bullet injury
23

Blunt injury
49

Head injury (traumatic)
3

Lacerated wounds on different parts
3

Assault and gang rape
2

Other injuries- tremendous chest pain
1

Other complaints
4

Eye pain
5

TOTAL
94


In addition , most patients were suffering from post
traumatic stress disorder.

The police injuries according to the SDO Tamluk were
as follows from what she observed :-

- CI Bhupati Nagar had lacerations or grazes
on his cheek;

- SDPO Egra had an injury on his hand;

- 2 constables who had brought in from
Jalpaiguri had injuries which she was not able to
specify.

She had also heard that SDPO Tamluk and ASP Tamluk had
minor injuries.

A team of doctors treated patients at Kalicharanpur on
16th March 2007. After the camp they declared that
they had treated about 200 patients, at least 100 of
whom had bullet injuries. Almost all of them need
immediate hospitalisation but there was no one who
could instil confidence in them and help them in
hospitalisation by arranging transport and companion
All the bullet injuries were in parts of the body that
were above the knees. All of them had eyes smarting
from tear gas , while 30-40 had more serious eye
injuries.

(Reported by Medical Team from "Sohagi" Haldia
Haematology , Thalassaemia Care, Prevention and Blood
Transfusion Society.)

It was obvious from this report that many patients
were too frightened and traumatised to reach the
hospital, and that medical aid was not reaching all
the affected.

The team was not able to go to Janaka PHC in Khejuri
block . So we are unaware of the number of dead bodies
and wounded there. As many wounded and others were
reported to have been dragged away by the police to
the Khejuri side , it can be assumed that many were
transferred to this PHC. However we have no details.
It should also be noted that NGOs and reporters we
spoke to are apprehensive about going to areas under
Khejuri PS as they feel there could be attacks from
CPM goons there.

See Annexure 2 for detailed testimonies of patients.

See Annexure 3 for list of patients in Nandigram BPHC
provided by BMOH .

Infrastructure
Medical facilities at Nandigram PS were found to be
woefully inadequate. There was no provision for Xray,
USG , CT Scan , MRI, and pathological tests though the
injuries were very serious. There is also inadequate
transportation facility and ambulance facility, so
there was no proper way to transport patients

Systematic gender violence and rape of women
The violence that erupted in Nandigram on the 14th
March found the police and CPI(M) cadres specifically
targeting women. Of the 62 testimonies that we
gathered in the hospital and from other victims
outside, 30 are from women. In the injured list at
Nandigram BPHC of 69 persons, 39 are women
Interviews with scores of villagers and the
testimonies brought home one point- that specific and
systematic violence was used against the women to
humiliate them and to break the back bone of their
resistance.
Women who were beaten up complained of the abusive
language used that they could not repeat. The
lathicharge was more aimed at the breasts, stomach and
genital regions of their body. Male police took it
onto themselves to lathicharge the women though there
were women police around. "...All male police were
beating us while the women police were standing and
watching. When the beating was over women police
dragged us and put us into a van" . Gauri Mondal W/o
Tarun Mondal, Residence- Sonachura

Many women who were not even participating in the puja
but standing around were chased, caught and beaten
mercilessly. " .....started taunting me and asking me
why am I here and then mercilessly started beating me.
I kept pleading with them to let me go but they
wouldn't listen" Shankha Gola W/o Manoranjan Gola
Residence- Sonachura.

Apart from the lathicharge and firing the police and
the CPI(M) cadres resorted to various forms of sexual
violence which included ripping clothes of women and
leaving them naked lying in the open girls were pushed
forcefully into vans and cars and driven away. "...I
got shot on my right shoulder. When I tried to flee
the police chased me, caught me and ripped all my
clothes off. They stripped me naked, kicked me and
threw me in the side. I was lying there and close to
evening someone found me and took me to the hospital.
While I was lying there in the corner I saw in front
of my own eyes two young girls being dragged by the
police and taken away. I couldn't recognize the
girls..." Kajal Gharai W/o Ratan Gharai.Residence-
Sonachur

When we met the nursing staff at Nandigram Block
Hospital we enquired if any women had been raped. She
denied this . However other people in the hospital
informed one of our women team members about two
patients who had been raped. It is only after this
that these cases were registered as rape cases at our
initiative. Details are below:-
Gauri Pradhan Age 25 years

W/o Joydeep Pradhan

Mother of three children

Residence: Gokulnagar

Place of occurrence: Adhikaripara

Nature of injury: Admitted in unconscious condition
after gang rape with other injuries

Narration of incident: I went to attend the rally when
the police started firing teargas and bullets
simultaneously and then started lathicharge. I tried
to flee, when three policemen caught me and dragged me
by the hand and into an empty house. I was beaten so
badly that I was in no condition to resist. One of the
policemen held my arms while two of them forcefully
raped me. Then I lost consciousness and I don't know
if the third policeman also forced himself on me or
not. I don't know how I came here. I regained my
consciousness in the hospital

Kajal Majhi Age 36 years

W/o Bikash Majhi

Residence: Kalicharanpur

Place of occurrence; Gokulnagar

Nature of injury: Rape by police

Narration of incident: I went to participate in the
rally and was sitting at the worship place. When the
police came and started throwing tear gas I couldn't
see anything. So I didn't move and just sat there.
They started shooting and coming towards us. They
caught me and started beating me up ruthlessly. I lost
consciousness.

When I regained consciousness, I found myself in a cow
shed and I realized that I had been raped. My clothes
were torn, my breasts and vagina were hurting and
there were bruises and I could understand that there
had been forceful intercourse. I was lying in an empty
cow shed. . My neighbours helped to bring me here.

Violence and Murder of Children
Along with women, children who were present in huge
numbers to participate and witness the puja also wore
the brunt of the police firing and lathicharge. Scores
of people have alleged that children were torn apart,
hurled into ponds and killed. Many people have
testified to children being shot at and killed. (See
annexure 2).

"...I also witnessed the police killing children and
stuffing them in sacks and taking them away" Kajal
Gharai W/o Ratan Gharai.Residence- Sonachur.

"... We wanted to save the children however the police
started targeting them and dragging them. They even
kicked the children in the stomach with their boots.."
Renuka Bala Kar. W/o Sampada Kar. Residence-
Gokulnagar

"....I witnessed women being dragged away by the
police and they were also throwing small children into
the pond..."Satyabala Mani W/o Anadhi Mandal.
Residence-Soudkhali Char

"......They killed children-they shot, hacked and even
tore them apart with their two legs..." Lata Mondal
w/o Shakun Mondal. Residence- Gokulnagar

Of the 38 missing 11 are children. In addition to this
we received a few other reports of children who were
missing/killed. A child who did not have anybody with
him has been found by a fruit shop owner in Tera
Pakhira . He says he is from Garchakraberia . He says
he was with 4 of his friends when the police-goon
action took place, but there is no trace of his friend
now. (Evidence of Sheikh Monirul Islam, s/o Sk Hasan
Ali, Village Kanchannagar) .Children were also
reported
missing from Sonachura Infant School. They were all
part of the Puja.

Police camps have now been set up in 4 educational
institutions affecting education in the area. These
schools are as follows :-

· Sitananda College Nandigram

· GK Siksha Niketan, Gokulnagar

· Gokulnagar Gobinda Jew Siksha
Niketan, Gokulnagar

· Sonachura KCA Milan Mandir

The education of about 2500-3000 students have been
affected in this process.

Looting
Looting has taken place almost at all places the
police-CPI(M) combine raided. A few specific instances
are:

· Srikanta Paik's shop and house
in Bhangabera on 14th March

· Swadeshdas Adhikary, Pradeep
Adhikary and Ajit Adhikary's houses in Adhikaripara in
Gokulnagar on 14th March and/or 16th March morning

(Evidence of Hrishikesh Ghorai, s/o late Haricharan
Ghorai, Village Saudkhali)

Ashok Das of Nandigram reports that the house of his
son in law Mangal Das son of Shakti Das village
Gokulnagar has been broken and looted.

Missing people and deserted villages
We found many houses locked and villages deserted e.g.
Garchakraberia, Sonachura.

We met many people from Gokulnagar, Sonachura and
other villagers who had fled and had taken shelter in
other places at Jana More. The police cum goon action
seems to have led to chaos and terror and scattering
of families and people.

Two relevant testimonies are :

Swapna Patra
W/o Nupur Patra

Residence: Sonachura, Golpara

Narration: On 14th, I along with other women went to
participate in the Puja. We saw a lot of vehicles
coming in. There were police vehicles and with them a
bus also came. After 2-3 minutes there were tear gas
shells thrown at us. Some people retaliated by
throwing stones and suddenly a volley of bullets
started hitting us. I witnessed young girls being
dragged away by the police. I couldn't recognize
anyone of them as there was too much tear gas almost
blinding us and there was too much terror in our
hearts.

A lot of people including me have run away from
Sonachura and have taken refuge elsewhere including
myself. At least 40 households have fled the para .
There were women police standing around but it was the
male police who dragged us by our hair and hit us and
grabbed our breasts etc while using absolutely vile
language.

Najima Khatun
W/o Sheik Islam Nazrul

Residence: 7 No. Jalpai

Narration: We heard on the village mike that the
police were coming so we the women and children formed
the frontline to prevent the police from entering and
the men stood behind us. We first saw 5-6 police
vehicles and then more vehicles started coming and
there were so many cars and so many police that
couldn't be counted. 4-5,000 women and children were
injured and hit. No one told us or gave us any warning
in the mike; they were coming in lines towards us.
They started throwing teargas and we started fleeing.
There was a volley of gunfire, people started falling
all around me. When they started chasing I fell down.
I witnessed a child being shot and when the mother
went to rescue the child even she was shot at.. Bodies
are still being discovered and even today another body
was found in the jungle. Women who went to the puja
place have gone missing and many young girls were
dragged into the police vehicles and there is no trace
of them.

Families has been scattered and therefore it is very
difficult to understand who all are missing. The
following are the reports that we received.

List of Missing people
Name of person reporting
Detals available on Missing Person

Basanti Utthasin 60 years w/o Montu Utthasin Village
Sonachura
Cannot find any of her family members , except for 1
child (Jolly Utthasian)

Anubha Khanra, admitted in Tamluk with bullet injury
in leg w/o Rashbihari Khanra Village Sonachura
3 children lost, husband in SSKM with abdominal
bullet injury in Curzon Ward 2

Shyamala Mahato W/o Gobindo Mahato, Village Sonachura
Joydeb Mahato S/o Gobindo Mohato

Sandhya Rani Mohata w/o Joydeb Mohata

Bishu Mohato (age 12) S/o Joydeb Mohata

Pooja Mohato (age 8) D/o Joydeb Mohata

Sukhdev Mohato S/o Gobindo Mohato

Arati Mohato w/o Sukhdev Mohato

Musha Mohato S/o Sukhdev Mohato

Tapan Samanta
His nephew named Subrato Samanta (age 24years) S/o
Pranab Samanta Village 7 No. Jalpai

Villagers
Badal Chandra Mandal S/o late Gobardhan Mondal,Vill.
7 No Jalpai is missing .He was last seen with bullet
wounds on stomach and leg

Sita Maity W/o Prabhat Maity Residence: Sonachura
her husband Prabhat Maity has gone missing.

Kavita Das Adhikary w/o Salil Das Adhikary Village
Gokulnagar
her elder brother in law was picked up beaten by the
police and released on 15th. Husband , sister-in-law
Purnima Das Adhikary, nephews Animesh das Adhikary(9
years) and Atanau Das Adhikary (7 years) niece Aparna
Das Adhikary( 3 years)

Ashok Das of Nandigram
son in law Mangal Das son of Shakti Das village
Gokulnagar

Sandhya Maity wife of Prabhanjan Maity admitted in
Nandigram hospital
Husband Prabhanjan Maity and daughter Sabitri Bijli
w/o Sudarshan Bijli..

Gurupada Maity s/o Prabhanjan Maity
Tumpa Maity wife 20 years, Son Gautam Maity 2 years
Tumpa Pradhan 13 years niece

Ajit Jana, Vill - Barkeshabpur, Nandigram
neighbour Panchanan Das, S/O Gunadhar Das,

Krishnendu Mondal and Pulin Behari Mondal, Vill –
Gangra,
Younger brother Puspendu Mondal, S/O Beni Madhab
Mondal , Vill – Gangra, Nandigram was injured by
bullet in his belly and right hand. Pulin Behari
Mondal (their neighbour) tried to take him for
hospitalisation but due to lathi charged by the
police, pulin left the place. Police took Puspendu
away.

Neighbour
Joydeb Das, S/O Haradhan Das, Sonachura, Nandigram.

Chandan Das, Vill Kalicharanpur at Nandigram Hospital.
Basanti Kar, W/O Gora Chand Kar, Kalicharanpur


In the two days that we met people, we thus received
specific reports of 38 persons who were reported
missing. Besides this, we also helped members of two
families to get in touch with each other.

Sonachura village people had made an initial list of
16 persons who were missing on the 16th. They expect
the list to grow once people start coming back to the
village and they get better information.

Contd. to Part II.

Nandigram: Factfinding Report (Complete) by APDR and PBKMS - Part 2

List of Annexures :

 

Annexure 1      LIST OF DEAD BODIES FOR P.M. EXAMINATION

Annexure 2 a        Testimonies of Patients in Tamluk Hospitals

Annexure 2 b        Testimonies of persons being treated at Nandigram
Hospital

Annexure 3      List of  83 injured persons treated in the  Nandigram
B.M.Pal BPHC 

Annexure 4      List of  38 injured persons in the  Tamluk District Hospital


Annexure 5      List of injured persons  referred to Medical colleges in
Calcutta. 

Annexure 6      Copy  of Calcutta High Court order dated 15.3.2007 (AST No
205 of 2007)

Annexure 7      List of persons arrested on 14th March 2007 from site of
firing 

 

Annexure 1

LIST OF DEAD BODIES FOR P.M. EXAMINATION

 

Sl. No Name               Age     Rel/Gen
Address

1  IMADUL KHAN      20      M/M.             S/O. Daijan Khan  7 No. Jalpai,
P.O. Garh Chakraberia. Nandigram

2 GOBINDA DAS         30      H/M.           S/O. Bhanucharan Das. 7 No.
Jalpai. PO. Garh Chakraberia Nandigram

3 RATAN DAS              30      H/M            S/O. Kanai Das,  Vill.
Gangara, P.S. Nandigram

4 SUPRIYA JANA         40      H/F             W/O. Sukumar Jana. Vill.+P.O.
Sonachura. P.S. Nandigram

5 SAMBHU (Uttam) PAL30 H/M              S/O. Not Known Vill. Sonachura, P.S.
Nandigram

(Details provided by Superintendent Tamluk District Hospital)

 

Annexure 2a  


Testimonies of Patients in Hospitals


Interviews held in the Tamluk Hospital, P.S. Tamluk

 

1.             Sheikh Saddam Hossein S/o Sheikh Sirajul Residence: Boro Jam
tala Age: 16 Place of occurrence: Bhangabera Nature of injury: Head Injury
by bullet, 

Narration of incident: When received information that CPI (M) cadre and
police are going to enter the village, he with fellow villagers set up a
barricade to prevent them from entering. The police, military and combat
(dressed in black clothes and black masks) started firing rubber bullet and
after a point started firing ammunition. He got hit by a bullet and lost
unconsciousness; his brothers brought him to Nandigram hospital. Seeing the
seriousness of injury was transferred to Tamluk hospital.

He has 35 bigha land shared by 6 brothers. He has no idea about his family
and their situation and he has no contact with them.

 

2.             Sita Maity W/o Prabhat Maity Age: 47 Residence: Sonachura
Occupation: Daily wage labourer Place of occurrence: Sonachura

Nature of injury: Both sides of shoulder broken and blood clotting and
swelling bruise on back and sides.

Narration of incident: Went to participate in the nam sangkirtan puja, the
police surrounded the mandal and started firing. Because of the tear gas I
lost consciousness and then when I gained consciousness I saw that I was
beaten up and I was brought to the hospital by the neighbours. I have no
idea about the condition of my family and my husband I have heard is gone
missing.

 

3. Kanaklata Das W/o Rabin Chandra Das Age: 50 Residence: Soudkhali  Chawk
Occupation: Owns 25 katha lands with multiple cropping and also works as
daily wage labourer.

Nature of injury: Back injury, swelling and blood clotting because of lathi
charge. Place of occurrence: Bhangabera

Narration of incident: I went to attend the puja there and police started
chasing and while running I fell down and the police and other
people(dressed in police uniforms but no police boots instead sandals)
started beating me up mercilessly. My family does not know that I am here
and I have no idea of the situation of my family.

 

4. Subodh Das S/o Gangadhar Das Age: 50 Residence: Gangra Occupation: Van
driver

Nature of injury: Two fingers in the left hand amputated due to police
firing Place of occurrence: Bhangabera

Narration of incident: When I went to the site of puja the police announced
over the mike that we should leave the area. So we formed a barricade so
that we don't let the police enter. Police started firing rubber bullets and
when we still didn't flee they started firing bullets. I identified 8 of
those who fired bullets; they are CPI (M) cadres . Ther names are Lakhman
Mondal Gangra, Badal Mondal, Sonachura, Joydeb Paik, Sonachura, Anup Mondal,
Sonachura, Sukesh Sanki, Sonachura (South), Bapi Bhuyia, Sonachura (South),
Kebol Das, Kunjapur (Khejuri), Parusaram Mondal, Sonachura. I have called my
family but they are unable to visit me

 

5. Ratikanto Das S/o Late Surendra Das Age: 28 Residence: 7 No. Jalpai
Occupation: Daily wage labourer 

Nature of injury: Both shoulders are broken

Narration of incident: When I went to the puja site the police had started
throwing tear gas and then firing bullets, I tried to flee and fell into the
pond. Then the police had gheraoed the pond and threatened that if we don't
come out they will fire at us. When I came out of the water they caught me
and started beating with lathi. I lost consciousness and when I gained sense
I found that I was lying next to the pond. I can't recall how I came to the
hospital. I don't know where my wife is, I can't trace her. My faher-in-law
is here by my side in the hospital.

 

6. Sheikh Majahar S/o Sheikh Rehman Age: 30 Residence: 7 No. Jalpai 

Nature of injury: Bullet shot on both legs

Narration of incident: I was at home when I heard screaming and bullet
firing I went to see what was happening. When I saw I tried to flee but got
hit by bullets on both my legs. I lost consciousness and I don't know who
brought me here. My father is here with me.

 

7. Niranjan Das S/o Radhakrishna Das Age: 26 Occupation: Farmer Residence:
Sonachura

Nature of injury: Lathicharge. Complaining of chest pain, breathing problem,
and kicked on the groin

Narration of incident: Was participating in the Puja and from the other side
of the bridge these cadres (dressed as police men- was wearing sandals
instead of police boots) started throwing stones and verbal abuses. The main
intention of the puja was to register the intention of non violence and to
awaken the conscience of the cadres and the police.

We barricaded and stood behind the women and children in defence and the
cadres started throwing tear gases which was followed by volley of shots
which continued for a long time. So I tried to flee and was caught and
beaten up by the cadres dressed as police all over.

I witnessed women and children being shot. I am satisfied with the treatment
in the hospital. Relatives are in touch with me and they have also come to
see me.

 

8. Gopal Das S/o Mrityunjoy Das Age: 26 Occupation: Farmer Residence:
Sonachura

Nature of injury: Bullet shot on the right shoulder

Narration of incident: Went to the Puja site when the police or cadres, I am
not sure (but they were wearing sandals instead of boots) started firing
rubber bullets and then real bullets. I tried to flee and got shot, I lost
consciousness and when I woke up I was in the hospital. I have no contact
with family and I don't know what situation they are in. I witnessed myself
that women and children were being shot by the police/cadres.

 

9. Nirmal Kumar Mondal S/o Bankim Mondal Occupation: Mason Residence:
Sonachura Place of occourence: Sonachura

Nature of injury: Grievous head wound by lathi, 4 stitches. Right leg and
right arm can't be moved as they are swollen so badly because of beatings.

Narration of incident: Went to the Puja to pay my respects when the police
started throwing tear gas. I stood behind the women when they started
firing. People started falling all around me and when I went to help the
injured and try and carry them back, the police and cadres started beating
me up. I called up my family but no one has been able to come and visit me.

 

10. Mani Rana S/o Beni Rana Residence: Gokulnagar Occupation: daily wage
labourer Place of occurrence: Gokulnagar 

Nature of injury: Bullet shot on my right leg

Narration of incident: I heard that the police was coming so I went to the
spot and stood behind the women. When they started throwing tear gases,
bullets etc, I started fleeing. Women started getting beaten up and then
suddenly a bullet hit me. I lost consciousness and I don't know how I got
here. I called up my family but no one has been able to come. 

 

11. Sankha Gola W/o Manoranjan Gola Residence: Sonachura Place of
occurrence: Bhangabera

Nature of injury: Grievous head injury due to lathi charge: 3 stitches.
Right leg is broken and collar bone is broken.

Occupation: Housework and vegetable gardening.

Narration of incident: I went to participate in the puja worship. I was
standing in a corner and watching, when the police started throwing tear
gases, bullets etc. I tried to flee but they caught up with me and started
taunting me and asking me why am I here and then mercilessly started beating
me. I kept pleading with them to let me go but they wouldn't listen.

My family doesn't know I am here, I have no idea what their situation is

 

12. Anuva Khanra W/o Behari Khanra Residence: Sonachura Place of occourence:
Sonachura Occupation: Daily Labourer

Nature of injury: Bullet wound

Narration of incident: I was in responsibility of the utensils being used in
the worship that day. When the police started throwing tear gas, I got
scared and tried to flee with the utensils. I had to go back to bring the
rest as they were my neighbours and they would hold me responsible if it was
lost. 2-3 boys were killed in the lathicharge in front of my eyes and 3 boys
were even shot. When I was hit by a bullet, one of the neighbouring boys
dragged me and pushed me into the pond so that I don't get beaten up by the
police. There were about 100 of us taking refuge in the pond. One of my
neighbours brought me to the hospital. I can't contact my family, the police
and cadres have surrounded Sonachura, and no one can come and go. How will
my family reach me?

 

13. Gauri Mondal W/o Tarun Mondal Occupation: Housework Residence: Sonachura
Place of Occurrence: Sonachura

Nature of injury: Grievous injury in face, ear, head, stomach and right leg.
4 stitches on the ear and 2 stitches in the forehead. Huge blood clotting in
the right leg.

Narration of incident: I went to watch the puja when the police started
throwing tear gas and firing. I tried to run when I realised that they were
also shooting bullets I hid with 5 other women but the police found us and
caught me and started beating me mercilessly. All male police were beating
us while the women police were standing and watching. When the beating was
over women police dragged us and put us into a van. Then I lost
consciousness. I don't know the situation of my family and they also don't
know that I am here.

 

14. Parikshit Dhara S/o Ishwar Charan Dhara Residence: Saudkhali:
Occupation: Mosaic mistri. Age: 68

I went to pay my respects at the alter and was waiting for the prasad
(offerings) when the tera gas and lathi charge started. I got beaten in the
lathicharge by the police and the blood hasn't stopped coming out from the
nose.. 

He feels that the treatment he is getting here is good enough.

 

15. Projapoti Hazra: S/o Late Haripada Hazra> Age : 53Village : Sonachura

I am suffering from polio and thus I cant run.Like others I too went to
attend the puja when the lathicharge took place. Though I am handicapped the
police didn't spare me  was instead beaten up ruthlessly almost every where
I witnessed women and children being shot and murdered. My relatives are not
aware of me being in the hospital and I have no contact with my family. The
treatment is satisfactory..

 

16.  Ashok Kumar Mondol s/o Jaghadish Chandra Mondal. Vill : Sonachura Age:
53 Occupation: fishery.

I had attended the Puja and went to pay my respects, when the tear gases
started being thrown and lathicharge  started  I was caught in the
lathicharge when the police caught me and started beating me. I was beaten
all over and the lathi was jabbed into my eye. I witnessed women and
children being violated.

 

17. Shyamali Manna: w/o Shushanto Manna village: 7 No. Jalpai

I went to attend the Puja and participate in it. There were tear gas and
bullets being shot and the police started coming in droves and I was caught
by the police and started getting beaten. The police beat me ruthlessly and
I witnessed with my own eyes women and children falling to bullets/

 

Complete list of  38 injured persons in the  Tamluk District Hospital was
provided by  the Superintendant,  Tamluk District Hospital. This is attached
as Annexure 4

Annexure 2b 

Testimonies of persons being treated at Nandigram Hospital, P.S. Nandigram

 

1.             Kajal Gharai W/o Ratan Gharai Age: 45 Residence: Sonachura
Place of occourence: Bhangabera

Nature of injury: Bullet shot in right shoulder

Narration of incident: When I went to pay my respects at the alter,I got
shot on my right shoulder. When I tried to flee the police chased me, caught
me and ripped all my clothes off. They stripped me naked, kicked me and
threw me in the side. I was lying there and close to evening someone found
me and took me to the hospital. 

While I was lying there in the corner I saw in front of my own eyes two
young girls being dragged by the police and taken away. I couldn't recognize
the girls. I also witnessed the police cutting the heads of two people while
leaving the bodies behind.

I also witnessed the police killing children and stuffing them in sacks and
taking them away.

 

2.             Lali Bala Das W/o Chittaranjan Das Residence: 7 No. Jalpai
Place of occurrence: Bhangabera

Nature of injury: Massive injury on head and right leg due to Lathicharge

Narration of incident: I went as a part of the rally to protest land
acquisition when the police started throwing tear gas. I started running and
tried to flee but I was overtaken by the police and though I pleaded with
them many times to let me go they mercilessly started beating me up. I lost
consciousness and I don't know how I got here.

 

3.             Renuka Bala Kar W/o Sampada Kar Residence: Kalicharanpur
Place of occourence: Gokulanagar 

Nature of Injury: Bruises, swelling on back and hand

Narration of incident: I went to worship in the Puja that was taking place;
I took the children with me. When the police started coming in we requested
them to leave saying that we don't want any confrontation. They started
throwing tear gases and started shooting. We wanted to save the children,
however the police started targeting them and dragging them. They even
kicked the children in the stomach with their boots. They also started
lathicharge and that's when I got injured.

 

4.             Kabita Jana W/o Rashbehari Jana Residence: Kalicharanpur
Place of Occurrence: Gokulnagar 

Nature of injury: Bruises, swelling on back and hand

Narration of incident: I was in the puja when the police started coming.
They started throwing tear gases and started shooting. I fell down when
trying to flee and they caught me, though I pleaded with them to let me go,
they kept beating me mercilessly and I lost consciousness.

I have contact with my family but my sister-in-law has gone missing since
that day and is untraceable. Her name is Basanti Kar. W/o Goratan Kar

 

5.             Satyabala Mondal W/o Anadhi Mondal Residence: Soudkhali Char
Place of occurrence: Bhangabera Occupation: Housework

Nature of injury: Swelling, bruising and grievous injury on right leg and
three stitches on the head

Narration of incident: I went to the place of worship to pay my respects and
that's when the police started throwing tear gas at us.  I tried to run but
was caught and beaten up. They left me lying there and I witnessed women
being dragged away by the police and they were also throwing small children
into the pond. My neighbours later brought me here.

 

6.             Shrikanta Mondal  S/o Ganesh Mondal Age: 16 Residence:
Sonachura Place of occourence: Bhangabera Bridge

Nature of injury: Bullet shot on his lips

Narration of incident: I was at home when I heard that the police was
attacking and I went there. They were men dressed in uniforms along with the
police but they were wearing sandals and not police boots. Some of them were
carrying lathis while there were those who were carrying guns. They started
throwing tear gas and then firing bullets. I got hit on my lips with a
bullet while the boy next to me got hit on the chest and immediately died. I
lost consciousness and don't know how I cam here.

7.             Minati Das W/o Naba Kumar Das Residence; Kalicharanpur Place
of occurrence: Adhikaripara Occupation: Daily wage labourer

Nature of injury: Bullet shot on right leg.

Narration of Incident: I went to the rally and then to worship at the alter.
The police asked us to leave the spot on the mike but we refused. They
started shooting tear gases and bullets. That is when I got hit on my right
leg and lost consciousness and don't know how I reached here.

 

8.             Kalpana Jana W/o Nandalal Jana Residence: Kalicharanpur Place
of occurrence: Adhikaripara

Nature of injury: Deep grievous wounds around the eyes and face:

Nature of injury: I went to attend the rally and the puja that was taking
place. When the police started throwing tear gases, the shell burst into my
face. I lost consciousness and don't know how I came here.

 

9.             Rehman Bibi W/o Sheikh Jam Residence: 7 No. Jalpai Place of
occurrence: Bhangabera

Nature of injury: Injury to eyes (probable loss of eyesight), grievous
injury on head, shoulder bones and on back.

Narration of incident: I went to attend the rally with other Jami Raksha
Commitee members when the police started throwing tear gas. I tried to flee
but fell down and was caught and that is when they started beating me
mercilessly. I got hurt in my head and I can't see anything. 

 

10.  Lata Mondal W/o Shakun Mondal Residence: Gokulnagar Place of
occurrence: Gokulnagar 

Nature of injury: grievous injury on foot, hands and back.

Narration of incident: I went for the Puja, and we were sitting there. The
police came and kicked the idol. We appealed to them not to get violent and
leave us alone. However they on the contrary started abusing verbally and
simultaneously started lathi charge, throwing tear gases and firing bullets.
20 -25 women were beaten and thrown in the trenches and soil filled and road
made over it. They killed children- they shot, hacked and even tore them
apart with their two legs. 5-6 women were raped and they cant be traced
anymore.

 

11. Subhransu Patra W/o Subhash Chandra Patra Residence: Sonachura Place of
occurrence: Bhangabera

Nature of injury: Grievous head injury due to tear gas shell bursting 

Narration of incident: We gathered for a meeting to resist police
infiltration. 25 to 30 police and other cars arrived. They started throwing
tear gas and then firing. People started dying all around me and I got
scared and started running. That is when the tear gas shell hit my head. I
saw the police stacking corpses in the car. They caught the children and
tore them apart, threw them into ponds.

 

12. Lakshmikanta Gayen S/o Ram Hari Gayen Residence: Sonachura Place of
occurrence: Bhangabera

Nature of injury: Rubber bullet injury and grievous injury all over the body
due to lathi charge

Narration of incident: I went to the Puja, and was standing at the back
watching when the firing started, there were many people who got injured. I
was helping in picking them up and taking them to a safe place. That is when
a rubber bullet hit me on the right side. I fell into the pond where there
were many of us at least 50-60 people in the pond. The police gheraoed us in
the pond and they even entered the water and started beating us up with
white pipe sticks. I tried to escape from the side when they caught me and
started beating and that is when I lost consciousness.

 

13. Shyamali Mahato W/o Gobindo Mahato Residence: Sonachura Place of
occurrence: Bhangabera

Nature of injury: grievous injury on the head- one stitch required

Narration of injury: I went to participate in the puja when the police came
and started throwing tear gas; they also started chasing us with lathi. I
fell down and got beaten by them ruthlessly. My neighbours say that my house
is completely empty and I don't know where my family is.  My  following
relatives are missing

Joydeb Mahato S/o Gobindo Mahato, Sandhya Rani Mahato  W/o Joydeb Mahato ,
Bishu Mahato (age 12) S/o Joydeb  Mahato, Pooja Mahato (age 8) D/o Joydeb
Mahato, Shukdev Mahato S/o Gobindo Mahato, Arati Mahato W/o Sukhdev Mahato,
Musha Mahato S/o Shukdev Mahato

 

14. Subhankar Majhi W/o Bhanu Majhi Residence: Gokulnagar Place of
occurence: Gokulnagar

Nature of injury: Rubber bullet injury on right hand and swelling, bruising
on the back due to lathi charge

Narration of incident:  I went to participate in the rally when police and
military both came down after firing teargas and bullets simultaneously. I
tried to run and the bullet hit me. I fell down when they caught me and
started beating me up.

 

Some Other  Patients whom we met in Nandigram Hospitals.*

1.	Radharani Pakhira, W/O Late Krishna Pakhira , 7 No. Jalpai. (
Wounded by tear gas shells.
2.	Gopal Giri , S/O Late Banamali Giri., Sonachura. ( Beaten by Police)
3.	Sandhya Rani Maity, W/O Pravanjan Maity , Bhanga Bhera. ( She was
beaten by the police at the time puja of Gour Netai by the villagers at
Bhanga Bhera.)
4.	Shree Hari Charan Samanta, Kalicharanpur. ( He was wounded by rubber
bullet in left hand at Gokulnagar. He was also threatened by Sureswar Khatua
and Debal Das , two local CPI (M ) leaders. He said that minimum 15 numbers
of people died in front of him.
5.	Tapasi Manna, W/O Gurupada Manna , 7 No. Jalpai. ( She was wounded
by rubber bullet in her chest at the time of puja at Bhanga Bhera.)
6.	Sreemanta Mondal, S/O Joydeb Mondal , Gokul Nagar, ( He was wounded
by bullet in his  right leg at the time of puja at Malpara).
7.	Gitanjali Bijoli ( 55 years old), W/O Alanga Kumar Bijoli,
Gokulnagar. ( At the time of puja she was brutally beaten by the police in
her whole body and head).
8.	Subodh Patra , S/O Bhupati Charan Patra, Sonachura. ( He was wounded
by rubber bullet  in his right leg when he tried to rescue her neighbour.)
9.	Ashok Kr. Jana, S/O Bomkesh Jana, Nakchar, ( He was beaten by
police)
10.	Ranjit Majhi, S/O Santosh Majhi, Gokul Nagar. ( He was wounded by
bullet in right hand.
11.	 Arati Maity, W/O Tapan Maity, Kalicharanpur.  She was beaten by
police in her head and wounded by tear gas shell in eye.
12.	Achinta Kr. Mondal, S/O Kishori Mohan Mondal, Gangra.  He was
wounded by bullet in his right leg.
13.	Laksmi Rani Burman, W/O Alin Burman , Purba 7 No. Jalpai,  ( She was
wounded by bullet in her left shoulder at the time of puja at Bhangabhera.

 

It was reported that many injured persons and dead bodies were carried to
the Khejuri side of Bhangabera and Tekhali Bridges. As mentioned above in
the report, the team could not visit  Janka PHC on the Khejuri PS because of
the situation prevailing there.  

 

Complete list of  83 injured persons treated/admitted in the  Nandigram
B.M.Pal BPHC was provided by  the Block Medical Officer, Nandigram. This is
attached as Annexure 3 

 

A number of injured persons were referred to Medical colleges in Calcutta.
The List  is in Annexure 5 

Annexure 3

List of Injured Persons treated/brought in Nandigram BPHC (from 14.3 07 to
16.3.2007)

(List provided by  Block Medical Officer of Health , Nandigram B. M. Pal
BPHC)

No.       Name / Age, Father's/Husband's name / Village      Sex       Date
of Adm       Injury               Remarks

1. Rashbehari Khanra (55 )  S/o Ishwar Khanra Vill Sonachura      M
14.3. 2007     Bullet Injury             Transferred Out

2. Prankrishna Das  (52)  S/O Suren Das   Vll Gokulnagar           M
14.3. 2007     Blunt Laceration                Released

3. Anubha Khanra (35 ) w/o Rashbehar Khanra                            F
14.3. 2007     Bullet Injury             Transferred Out

4. Sunil Das Adhikari ( 55 ) w/o Rashbehar Khanra                      M
14.3. 2007     Bullet Injury             Transferred Out

5. Sk. Saddam Hssain (20) s/o Serajul  Vill Barjenlata                 M
14.3. 2007     Eye pain                            Released

6. Subodh Das ( 50 ) s/o Ganesh Adhikary  Vill Gangra               M
14.3. 2007     Bullet injury             Transferred Out

7. Prasenjit Karan  (25 ) s/o Nirmal Karan Vill Gangra                  M
14.3. 2007     Eye Pain                            Released

8. Mani Sankar Maity  (21) s/o Swadesh  Vill South khali             M
14.3. 2007      Blunt Laceration                 Released

9. Manmatha Das  (40 ) s/o Sonatan     Vill Southkhali                 M
14.3. 2007    Eye Pain                            Released

10. Gopal Das  (30 ) s/o Mrtyunjoy
M       14.3. 2007      Bullet Injury             Transferred Out

11. Lakshmi Barman  (30 ) w/o Anil   Vill  No. 7 Jalpai                 F
14.3. 2007      Bullet Inj in Rt Shoulder      Admitted

12. Achinta Kr. Mondal,(30 ) S/O Kishori M Mondal, Gangra.        M
14.3. 2007      Blunt Trauma in Rt Thigh    Admitted

13. Sk. Majahar (40 ) s/o Sk. Rahman Vill No. 7 Jalpai                M
14.3. 2007      Bullet inj in Rt. leg   Transferred Out

14. Subhrangshu Patra s/o Subhash Vill Sonachura                    M
14.3. 2007      Lacerated wd in forehead   Admitted

15. Gopal Majhi  (20) s/o Santosh Majhi  Vll Gokulnagar              M
14.3. 2007     Bullet Inj in Rt upper arm    Admitted

16. Sk. Samirul    (30 ) s/o Amiruddin   Vill Sonachura                 M
14.3. 2007      Bullet Inj in Rt leg                Admitted

17. Sk. Sahadat  (56 )s/o Sk. Naushad  Vill No. 7 Jalpai              M
14.3. 2007      Blunt Lactd facial Injury      Admitted

18. Banasree Acharjee (35)  W/o Chandan  Vill Keshabpur           F
14.3. 2007       Bullet Inj in Rt Flank               Tr  Out

19. Prithis Das (35) s/o Purna Vill Gangra
M       14.3. 2007   Traumatic Head Injury               Tr  Out

20. Sk. Sultan  (32) s/o Late Jabbar  Vill Kanchannagar               M
14.3. 2007   Blunt Laceration                    Released

21. Jyotsna Das  (60)   w/o Late Purnachandra  Vill Gangra          F
14.3. 2007   Blunt Trauma                         Released

22. Sk.  Akshar (35) s/o Sk. Jahiruddn    Vill No. 7 jalpai              M
14.3. 2007   Blunt Trauma on head           Released

23. Arati Das (35 )  w/o Subodh Das   Vill Gokulnagar                  F
14.3. 2007    Traumatic Injury                      Admitted

24. Manoranjan Giri (62) s/o S Giri  Vill Sonachura                      M
14.3. 2007    Blunt Trauma                         Released

25. Sufia Bibi  (40) w/o Saidul  Vill No 7 Jalpai
F       14.3. 2007    Blunt Trauma                         Released

26. Sanjib Giri (25)  S/o Vjay  Giri  Vill Sonachura                       M
14.3. 2007   Bullet Inj. in right arm                Tr.  Out

27. Nathuram Bhuina   s/o Mahitosh    Vill Sonachura                  M
14.3. 2007   Blunt Trauma                         Released

28. Moslem Mallick  (68) s/o Jasimuddin Vill Gopimohanpur         M
14.3. 2007   Blunt Trauma                         Released

29. Sarifa Bibi  (30) w/o  Sk. MAnjur
F       14.3. 2007    Earache due to tear gas        Admitted

30. Tapasi Manna  w/0 Gurupada Manna  Vll No. 7 Jalpai F       14.3. 2007
Blunt Trauma over chest        Admitted

31. Lata Mondal  (25 ) w/o Sahajahan  Vill Gokulnagar     F       14.3. 2007
Blunt Trauma                          Admitted

32. Nadira Bibi  (21) w/o Dalu  Vill No. 7 Jalpai
F       14.3. 2007    Blunt Trauma                         Released

33. Supriya Jana (40) w/o Sukuma Jana Vill Sonachura  F       14.3. 2007
Bullet Inj in Head     BROUGHT DEAD

34. Imadul Khan  (20) s/o Daijan  Vill No 7 Jalpai                         M
14.3. 2007    Bul Inj in abdomen BROUGHT  DEAD

35. Gobinda Das   (35) s/o Bhanucharan Das Vill No 7 Jalpai       M
14.3. 2007    Stab inj in rt chest   BROUGHT DEAD

36. Ratan Das   (30) s/o Kana Das  Vill Gangra                            M
14.3. 2007  Bul Inj in abdomen  BROUGHT DEAD

37. Manjura Bibi  (35)  w/o Sk. Jiyad  Vill Nandigram                   F
15.3. 2007   Blunt Trauma              Released

38. Samiran Mohammad  (20) s/o Nazrul Islam, Mohammadpur    M       15.3.
2007   Blunt Trauma              Released

39. Saktipada Garai  (41)
M       15.3. 2007   Fever Tenderness       Released

40. Sk. Saharul (35)
M       15.3. 2007   Blunt Trauma              Released

41.  Arati Saha(45)
F        15.3. 2007   Blunt Trauma              Releas

42. Chaya Chakrabarty (27)
F        15.3. 2007   Blunt Trauma              Released

43. Joydeb Mandal (56) Vill Kalcharanpur
M       15.3. 2007   Blunt Trauma              Released

44. Swarnamayee Das (40) w/o Gopal Das  Vill Gokulnagar         F
14.3. 2007   Bullet  inj in L elbow.  Transferred Out

45. Rahima Bibi (40) w/o SAMSED  Vill No. 7 Jalpai                      F
14.3. 2007 Eye Pain                             Admitted

46. Narugopal Mirdha s/o Subal       Vill    Sonachura                  M
14.3. 2007   Bul Injury in Rt Elbow           Admitted

47. Lalibala Das (45) W/o Chittaranjan
F        14.3. 2007   Head injury by lathi              Admitted

48. Jagadhatri  Maity (50)  w/o Swadesh Maiti  Vill Sonachura      F
14.3. 2007    Blunt Trauma in forearm      Admitted

49. Tapashi Das w/o Sambhu Das  Vill Gokulnagar                      F
14.3. 2007    Bullet Inj in R buttock Transferred Out

50. Shyamali Mahato  (56) w/o L Gobinda Mahato Nandigram       F       14.3.
2007    Bullet Injury in Head               Admitted

51. Bhabani Giri (35) w/o Jitendra Giri  Vill Kanchan nagar            F
14.3. 2007    Bullet Inj in chest        Transferred Out

52. Kajal Gharai (35) w/o Ratan Ghara   Vill No 7 Jalpai               F
14.3. 2007    Bullet Inj in rt shoulder           Admitted

53. Lakshmi Ray (30) w/o Debkumar Ray  Vill Sonachura            F
14.3. 2007    Bullet Injury in Left .              Admitted

54. Srikanta Mandal (30) s/o Ganesh Mandal Vill Sonachura        M
14.3. 2007   Bullet Injury in face                 Admitted

55. Abhijit Giri  (32) s/o Pratap Giri  Vill Kalicharanpur
M       14.3. 2007   Bullet Inj in rt  arm       Transferred Out

56. Parikshit Maity (52) s/o Abinash Maiti Kalicharanpur              M
14.3. 2007   Bullet Inj in abdomen   Transferred Out

57. Satybrata Mandal  (45) s/o Anadi Mandal  Vill Sonachura       M
14.3. 2007   Blunt trauma in head               Admitted

58. Kanchan Mal (56) w/o Sripati Mal    Vill Gokulnagar               F
14.3. 2007    Bullet Injury in chest   Transferred Out

59. Gitanjal Bijoli (55) w/o Alanga Kumar Bijoli   Vill Gokulnagar   F
14.3. 2007    Blunt trauma over head         Admitted

60. Srimanta Mandal (25) s/o Jaydeb Mandal   Vill Gokulnagar     M
14.3. 2007    Bullet Injury in left thigh          Admitted

61. Bijoli Mandal (30) w/o Gorachand Mandal     Vill Gokulnagar   F
14.3. 2007    Blunt Trauma                          Admitted

62. Niranjan Das (35) s/o Lt  Radhekrishna Das  Vill Sonachura    M
14.3. 2007    Traumatic chest pain   Transferred Out

63. Subhankari Majhi (30) w/o Bhasicharan Majhi Gokulnagar       F
14.3. 2007    Blunt trauma in right forearm Admitted

64. Gouri Pradhan (21) w/o Joydeb Pradhan  Vill Sonachura         F
14.3. 2007    Blunt trauma                          Admitted

65. Laksmikanta Gayen (22) s/o Ramhari Gaye  Vill Sonachura    M       14.3.
2007   Blunt trauma                          Admitted

66. Renubala Kar (50) w/o Rampada Kar  Vill Kalicharanpur         F
15.3. 2007    Blunt trauma                          Admitted

67. Kabita Jana (40) w/o Rashbehari Jana     Vill Kalicharanpur     F
15.3. 2007    Blunt trauma                          Admitted

68. Minati Das (40) w/o Nabakumar Das                                     F
15.3. 2007    Bullet Injury                Transferred Out

69. Kalpana Jana (48) w/o Nandalal Jana Vill Kalcharanpur           F
15.3. 2007    Eye pain due to teargas         Admitted

70. Gopal Giri (30) s/o Banamal Giri   Vill Sonachura                   M
15.3. 2007    Blunt trauma              Admitted

71. Sandhya Maity (58) w/o Prabhanjan Maiti  Vill Sonachur         F
15.3. 2007    Blunt trauma              Admitted

72. Sidhir Ari (77)s/o Late Bhusan Ari    Vill Garchakraberia         M
15.3. 2007   Blunt trauma              Admitted

73. Subodh Patra (41) s/o Bhupati Patra Vill Sonachura               M
15.3. 2007   Blunt trauma              Admitted

74. Radha Pakira (50) w/o Kishore Pakira  Vill No. 7 Jalpai           F
15.3. 2007    Blunt trauma              Admitted

75. Narjina Bibi (35) w/o Sk. Shamsul  Vill Garchakraberia           F
15.3. 2007    Blunt trauma              Admitted

76. Kajal Majhi (35) w/o Bikash Majhi  Vill  Kalicharanpur F       15.3.
2007                Blunt trauma              Admitted

77. Shinati Manna (30) w/o  Susanta Manna Vill No. 7 Jalpai        F
15.3. 2007    Blunt trauma              Admitted

78. Arati Maiti  (25) w/o Tapan Maity      Vill   Kalicharanpur         F
16.3. 2007    Blunt trauma              Admitted

79, Asalata Jana (35) s/o Lt Byomkesh Jana  Vill Nakchir Char    F
16.3. 2007    Blunt trauma              Admitted

80. Srihari Santra s/o Bejoy Santra           Vill Kalicharanpur        M
16.3. 2007   Blunt trauma              Admitted

81. Narayan Patra (40)
M       16.3. 2007   Blunt trauma              Admitted

82.Tushar Kumar Jana (30) s/o Ramcharan Jana South Kali         M
16.3. 2007   Blunt trauma              Admitted

83. Sk. Ahammad (30)   s/o Sk. Abdul   Vill No. 7 Jalpai              M
16.3. 2007   Blunt trauma              Admitted

 

Annexure 4

 

LIST OF INJURED PATIENTS ADMITTED  In Tamluk Hospital ON 14.03.2007 &
15.03.2007

 

Sl No    Name & Address                      Age      Sex      D/O Adm &
Time   Prov. Diagnosis, Result or Outcome

1 SALIL DAS ADHIKARY C/o. Bhupati Das Adhikary

Vill. Gokulnagar P.O. P.S. Nandigram     35         M         14.03.07 2
P.M.     Injury                   Refd Out on 15.03.07 at 3.15 pm.

2 RASHBEHARI  KHANRA C/O. Lt. Kumar Ranjan Khanra Sonachura

P.O. & P.S. Nandigram                          40         M         14.03.07
2 P.M.     Bullet  Injury, Referred Out on 14.03.07

3 ANUVA KHANRA  W/O. Rashbehazari Khanra

Vill. Sonachura P.O. & P.S. Nandigram   30         F          14.03.07 2
P.M.      Injury,  Under Treatment

4. SADDAM HOSSAIN S/O. Sk. Serajul Islum 

Barjantala P.O. Haripur P.S. Nandigram   20        M         14.03.07 4 P.M.
Injury,   Under Treatment

5  PARIKSHIT MAITI S/O. Lt. Abinash Maiti 

Vill & P.O. Kalicharanpur P.S. Nandigram 55       M         14.03.07 4.10
P.M.        Bullet Injury       Under Treatment

6 PRITTHIS DAS S/O. Lt. Purna Chandra Das

Vill. Gangra P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram 35  M         14.03.07
Head Injury        Under Treatment

7 SWAPAN GIRI (Address. Not found)           30  M         14.03.07 4.30
P.M.        Bullet  Injury      Referred Out

8. ABHIJIT SAMANTA Vill.&  P.O. Sonachura

P.S. Nandigram                                     42         M
14.03.07 4.40 P.M.        Bullet & Chest Inj Refd Out on 14.03.07

9. RATIKANTA DAS Vill. Sonachura

P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram 40         M         14.03.07 5 P.M.
Bullet Injury               Under Treatment

10. SANKHA GOLA Vill. Sonachura 

P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram 50         F          14.03.07 4.40 P.M.
Bullet Inj to Thigh       Under Treatment

11. MANJU MANNA W/O. Lt. Kishari Manna

Vill. & P.O. Gangra P.S. Nandigram        45         F          14.03.07
4.50 P.M.        Bullet Inj to Thigh       Under Treatment

12. HAIMABATI HALDER Vill. Sonachura

P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram 50         M         14.03.07 5 P.M.
Bul Inj to Abdomen Refd Out on 14.3.07

13. SUBADH DAS S/O. Gangadhar Das

Vill. Gangra   P.S. Nandigram                 50         M         14.03.07
5 P.M.             Injury                           Under Treatment

14. SAMBHU PAL Vill. Sonachura

P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram 25         M         14.03.07 4.20 P.M.
Bullet  Injury      Died 14.3.07 at4.20 PM

15. KANAK DAS W/O. Rabin Cha. Das

Vill. & PO South Khali P.S. Nandigram    40         F          14.03.07 5.10
P.M.        Injury    Under Treatment

16. TAPASHI DAS W/O. Sambhu Das

ar PO Tekhali P.S. Nandigram    30         F          14.03.07 4.20 P.M.
Lacerated Injury  on Buttock  

  Referred Out 15.03.07

17. SITA MAITI Vill. Sonachura Bazar

P.O. Sonachura Bazar P.S. Nandigram   47         F          14.03.07 4.20
P.M.        Injury                Under Treatment

18. GOURI MONDAL W/O. Tarun

Vill.& P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram    45         F          14.03.07 5.30
P.M.        Injury                Under Treatment

19. ANJALI DAS Vill. Sonachura

P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram 55         F          14.03.07 5.30 P.M.
Head Injury        Under Treatment

20. SK. SURARAF Lt. Kashur Kha Vill. Nakchirachak 

P.O. Garhchakaraberi P.S. Nandigram     30         M         14.03.07 5.40
P.M.        Injury                Under Treatment

21. NIRMAL MONDAL S/O. Bankim Mondal 

Vill + P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram    28         M         14.03.07 5.40
P.M.        Injury to Scalp   Under Treatment

22. PARIKSHI DHARA 

Vill + P.O. Southhali P.S, Nandigram      68         M         14.03.07 5.40
P.M.        Injury    Refd Out 15.3.07 at 10.30 am.

23. KANCHAN MAL W/O. Sripati Mal 

Vill& P.O. Gokulnagar P.S. Nandigram    50         F          14.03.07 5.50
P.M.        Bullet Injury       Referred out

24. PRAJAPATI HAZRA S/O. Lt. Haripada

Vill.+P.O. SouthKhali P.S, Nandigram     56         M         14.03.07 5.40
P.M.        Injury                  Under Treatment

25. ASHOKE MONDAL  S/O. Lt. Jagadish

Vill + P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram    50         M         14.03.07 5.40
P.M.        Head Injury        Under Treatment

26. MANI RANA Vill.+P.O. Sonachura

P.S. Nandigram                                     30         M
14.03.07 5.40 P.M.        Bullet Injury       Under Treatment

27. BHABANI GIRI W/O. Jitendra Giri

Vill.+P.O. Kalicharanpur P.S. Nandigram 45         M         14.03.07 6 P.M.
Bullet Injury       Under Treatment

28. GOPAL DAS S/O. Mrityunjoy Das 

Vill+P.O. Sonachura P.S. Nandigram      30         M         15.03.07 12.50
A.M.       Inj Rt. Shoulder  Under Treatment

29. SK. MAJAHAR S/O. Sk. Rahaman Vill. No. 7 Jalpai

P.O. Garhehakraberia P.S. Nandigram     40         M         15.03.07 12.50
A.M.       Injury Rt. Leg     Under Treatment

30. BANASHREE ACHARYA W/O. Gurupada Vill. Keshobpur

P.O. Parulbari P.S. Nandigram                35         F          15.03.07
12.35 A.M.       Injury                Under Treatment

31. ABHIJIT GIRI S/O. Pratap Chandra Giri

Vill.+P.O. Kalicharanpur P.S. Nandigram 22        M         15.03.07 12.50
A.M.       Injury Rt. Arm    Refd Out on 15.03.07

32. SWARNAMAYEE DAS W/O. Badal Das

Vill. Gokulnagar P.O. Tekhalibazar

P.S. Nandigram                                     40         F
15.03.07 12.35 A.M.       Injury Rt. Arm    Refd Out on 15.03.07

33. BISWAJIT GHOSH SDPO, Egra       38         M         14.03.07 4.20 P.M.
NRSMC

34. PRANAB CHATTERJEE 

CI, Bhupatinagar                                    45         M
14.03.07 4.20 P.M.                    NRSMC

35. SITANGSHU SINHA 

Constable, SAP 12/BN JPG                    30         M         14.03.07
4.20 P.M.                    NRSMC

36. PIJUS MUNDA Constable, SAP 12/BN  

JPG Constable                                      24         M
14.03.07 4.20 P.M.                    NRSMC

37. SHYAMALI MANNA 

7 No. Jalpai, Garhehakraberia                 28          F 

38. NIRANJAN DAS S/O.Lt. Kodha Krishna Das

Vill . Sonachura P.O. P.S. Nandigram     36         M         

(Provided by Superintendent Tamluk Subdivisional Hospital)

 

Annexure 6        

Copy  of Calcutta High Court order dated 15.3.2007 (AST No 205 of 2007)

 

 

15.03.2007                                                        A.S.T. 205
of 2007

Association for Protection of Democratic Rights & Ors.

Vs.

State of West Bengal & Ors.

---------------

Mr.Rananeesh Guhathakurta

Mr. Somnath Roychaudhury.

... for the petitioners.

In addition to the order passed in this suo moto petition, there shall be a
further order in this writ petition in terms of prayer clause '1'.

1) An interim order restraining the respondent Nos. 2 to 7 preventing the
petitioner organizations and other NGOs and voluntary aid organizations from
reaching Nandigram to provide assistance to injured and deceased villagers

We further direct the District Administration to ensure that the unclaimed
dead bodies are handed over to the appropriate Authorities and the
identified dead bodies are handed over to the lawful claimants after due
legal formalities have been completed, such as post mortem and  inquest
report, so that the relatives are able lo perform the last rites of the
deceased.

 

 

IN THE HIGH COURT AT CALCUTTA

Special .Jurisdiction (Contempt)

In the matter of: The Court on its own Motion

 

All the newspapers throughout the Nation have today carried as a lead
Article - description of the action which has been taken by the West Bengal
police against agitating farmers and other villagers in Nandigram village.
Prima facie in a wholly indefensible manner innocent people have been shot
down by none other than the uniformed police officers. 'I'here are at this
stage many conflicting versions as to what actually transpired, but one
conclusion is echoed by all those who are present in Court, the news papers
and the electronic media, that there have been a large number of deaths
which are directly attributable to the prolonged gunfire by the police of
the State of West Bengal.

It seems as if the Police Department which is under the control  of the
Home  Department  is  not even  aware  of the existence of Article 21 of the
Constitution of India; let alone the ambit of freedoms guarantees to the
citizen of this Country, under this Article. This Article specifically
guarantees that - " No person shall be deprived of his life or personal
liberty except according to procedure established by law". Oblivious ol the
aforesaid guarantee, the Police has resorted to gun firing, on a large
crowd, protesting against the proposal to acquire their land.

Prima facie we are satisfied that this action of the police department is
wholly unconstitutional and cannot be justified under any provision of law,.
There are normal remedies available to the State as also to the owners of
the lands for redressal of the grievances with regard to the acquisition of
land. Such kind of force cannot be justified except in the cases of armed
insurgency or warlike situation. Innocent farmers and villagers can hardly
be put into the aforesaid   bracket.   We take   serious   note   of the
observations made  by His Excellency,  the  Governor of West Bengal as
reported in the newspaper - 'Hindustan Times", on the front  page  under
the  news  item   headlines  -  "GOVERNOR REACTS" which Is quoted herein
below:

I  am filled with cold horror

THE NEWS of   deaths    by police  firing   in Nandigram this morning has
filled me with a sense of cold horror.  We will soon know more details of
the sequence of events that led lo this tragedy. But the point uppermost in
my mind is not 'who started it',  '\vho provoked it' or whether there were
agent-provocateurs behind it. Investigations will reveal that. The thought
in my mind and  of all sensitive people now is-  'Was this spilling of human
blood not avoidable ?  What is the public purpose served by the use of force
that we have witnessed today? '

Force against  anti-national elements, terrorists, extremists,  insurgents,
is one thing.  The receiving end of the force used today does not belong to
that order. 

What 1 advised government over the last two days, as  I received inputs  of
rising  tension  in  Nandigram,    government knows.   It is  not my
intention to enter into blame-fixing. But / cannot be so casual to the oath
I have taken as to restrict mv reaction to a pious expression of anguish and
outrage.   1 trust the government will not only go into the whys and
wherefores of this tragic occurrence,  but will also ensure that it leaves
no room for a repetition of the kind of trauma witnessed today.

1 leave it to the. conscience of officials responsible to atone for the
event n the manner they deem fit. But  I alsoexpect the government to do
what it thinks is necessary to mitigate the effects of this bitter March 14,
and to do it visibly and fast.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

(This statement was released from Rajbhavan on Wednesday)

 

Prima facie we are of the opinion that these observations clearly depict the
extent of the tragedy which has overtaken the population of Nandigram in
particular and the population of West Bengal in general. We, therefore,
issue notice to the State of West Bengal through the Ministry of Home
Affairs to file a detailed affidavit setting out the reasons for the action
which has been taken against the population of Nandigram by resorting
indiscriminate firing by the police. We have also received a communication
by FAX from an institution known us 'National Alliance of People's
Movements'. We direct that the aforesaid letter be marked as annexure-'A'
and be also treated as a Public Interest Litigation.

We also issue notice to this petition when it comes up.

The affidavits should clearly indicate the entire history and the steps
taken' by the Government for maintaining the law and order. The affidavit
should also identify the dignitary or any official which actually issued the
order to fire upon the population of Nandigram. The affidavit should also
disclose the material on the basis of which the order for firing was issued.
The affidavit should further state as to what proceedings in accordance with
the departmental rules and under the general Criminal Law have been
initiated against any official who is found to have prima facie transgressed
the power vested in the official or the other dignitaries. In view of the
absolutely volcanic situation created, we are constraint to direct the State
of West Bengal to ensure the safety and well-being of all the general public
in the area. The State is also directed to take adequate measures to provide
medical facilities to the injured villagers.

            In view of the emergent situation and the possibility of
relevant evidence being lost/destroyed, we find it a fit case to direct that
the matter be investigated by a Special Team, deputed by the Director of
C.B.I.. The team shall visit Nandigram area and any other surrounding
affected area and collect the entire relevant material to be presented
before this Court in the form of a report. Let the C.B.I, team be despatched
to Nandigram forthwith. The learned Standing Counsel for C.B.I.,  Mr. Ranjan
Roy is directed to communicate this direction to the Director of C.B.I  for
implementation forthwith.

Let both the matters be heard analogously.

Xerox plain copy of this order duly countersigned by the Assistant Registrar
(Court) be given to the learned Counsel for the parties on usual
undertaking. 

 

Sd/- S. S. NIJJAR, C.J.

Sd/- PINAKI CHANDRA GHOSH., J

 

Annexure 7

Persons arrested on 14th March 2007 from site of firing

Case no 18 of  Nandigram PS dated 14.03.2007 has been instituted on the
following. u/s 148, 149, 186, 341, 353, 342, 333, 506, 307, 121 of IPC,  PDP
Act Section 3/(2) and sections of the Illegal Arms Act.

 

Names of persons Arrested                 Address

1)      Indrajit Majhi                                 Sonachura, Nandigram
PS

2)      Keshab Maity                               Sonachura, Nandigram PS

3)      Sreekanta Manna                         Sonachura, Nandigram PS

4)      Prabir Mondal                               Sonachura, Nandigram PS

5)      Sujit Maity                                     Sonachura, Nandigram
PS

6)      Kalobaran Samanta                     Sonachura, Nandigram PS

7)      Amulya Kr. Bagh                          Sonachura, Nandigram PS

8)      Shukdeb Mali                               Sonachura, Nandigram PS

9)      Shaktipada Mondal                      Sonachura, Nandigram PS

10)  Samiran Das                               Gangra Char, Nandigram PS

11)  Kanai Maity                                  Sreekhand Char, Nandigram
PS

12)  Mahadeb Bhuiya                          Gangra Char, , Nandigram PS

13)  Soumen Jana                              Dhakhali, Khejuri Ps.

14)  Anup Patra                                   Bangara, Khejuri Ps.

 

 

Amitadyuti Kumar