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Mamata remembers 'martyrs' on Nandigram Divas

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Chief Minister today remembered those who had died because of what she said the "violent politics of the CPI(M)".

On 'Nandigram Divas' today, she charged the CPI(M) with unleashing 'barbaric attacks' on the people of Nandigram in East Midnapore district in 2007.

"Today is Nandigram Divas. The memories of the barbaric attacks unleashed by the CPI(M) in Nandigram are still fresh in my mind," Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle.

Since 2012, the observes the day as "Nandigram Divas" every year.

"Today I remember those martyrs of Nandigram, Singur, Netai, Nanur, Keshpur and those who became victims of the violent politics of the CPI(M)," she tweeted.

In January 2007, farmers in Nandigram erupted in protest led by Banerjee's TMC, against a special economic zone (SEZ) proposed by the

Later that year, the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee sent 2,500 policemen to "recapture" Nandigram to acquire farmland for a petrochemical hub.

As per official records, 14 farmers had died in the firing, but over 100 were declared "missing".

The also observes March 14, which witnessed the killing of 14 farmers at Nandigram, as 'Krishak Divas' each year.

The farmer-unrest in Nandigram followed by another one at in Hooghly district that helped Banerjee topple the 34-year-old rule in the state.

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First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 17:22 IST