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2007/11/08

Medha Patkar roughed up by CPI-M men near Nandigram

Kolkata ,November 08, 2007:NAPM leader and Social activist Medha Patkar was punched and roughed up by supporters of West Bengal's ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) at Kapaseberia in East Midnapore districtdistrict, about 125 kms from Kolkata while on her way to Nandigram.
There were CPI(M) men carrying red flags who blocked my car and some other
vehicles which were going along with mine to Nandigram. I was hit on the face
and they tried to pull my hair and was about to drag me out of the car
,
Patkar told PTI over phone from the spot.
Her car was damaged but she was unhurt. She and those accompanying sat on dharna on the road leading to Haldia and refused to budge.
Medha told the local media that there was no need to impose Article 355 in Bengal. She called for the immediate surrender of arms by both warring sides in the strife torn area. She felt the Centre should have intervened long ago and sent in Central forces. She also said that the road to Nandigram should always be kept open because everybody needed to use it.

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