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BJP candidate for Nandigram seat Suvendu Adhikari travels in a bike from one polling station to another during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly Polls, in Nandigram

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Security personnel keep vigil as villagers raise slogans against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, waiting inside a polling station, during the second phase of West Bengal assembly polls, at Boyal in Nandigram.

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Security personnel keep vigil as villagers raise slogans against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, waiting inside a polling station, during the second phase of West Bengal assembly polls, at Boyal in Nandigram.

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Security personnel keep vigil as villagers raise slogans against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, waiting inside a polling station, during the second phase of West Bengal assembly polls, at Boyal in Nandigram.

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TMC workers and BJP workers clash at Boyal Muktab primary school, in Nandigram during the 2nd phase election, in West Bengal.

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Security personnel keep vigil as villagers raise slogans against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, waiting inside a polling station, during the second phase of West Bengal assembly polls, at Boyal in Nandigram.

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TMC workers and BJP workers clash at Boyal Muktab primary school, in Nandigram during the 2nd phase election, in West Bengal.

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West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee on a wheel-chair arrives to cast her vote during the 2nd phase election at Boyal Muktab primary school booth no. 7 at Nandigram, in West Bengal.

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Elderly voters display the indelible ink mark on their fingers after casting their votes in Nandigram, East Medinipur district.

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A voter shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting her vote during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram.

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A voter shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting her vote during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram.

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Voters undergo thermal screening as they arrive to to cast their votes during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 at Dakshin Nandigram in West Bengal.

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Voters stand in queues to cast their votes during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram.

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A man with physical disability undergoes thermal screening as he arrives to cast his vote during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram.

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Voters wait to cast their votes during the second phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, in Nandigram

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Security personnel stand guard at a polling station during the 2nd phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, at Nandigram in East Midnapore.

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An elderly woman shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the 2nd phase of West Bengal Assembly elections at Nandigram in East Midnapore.

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Voters show thier voter identity cards outside a polling station during the 2nd phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, at Nandigram in East Midnapore.

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Voters queue up to cast their votes during the 2nd phase of the West Bengal Assembly election, at a polling station at Nandigram in East Midnapore

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Devotees particpate in a religious procession during 'Astam Prahar' festival, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at Khejuri in Nandigram.

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Officials carry election materials from a distribution centre on the eve of second phase of West Bengal assembly polls, in Nandigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee talks to media representatives in front of her temporary residence, in Nandigram.

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Actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty leaves in a chopper after an election campaign in support of the party candidate Suvendu Adhikari, ahead of the 2nd phase of Assembly elections, in Nandigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a rally on the last day of the campaign for the 2nd phase of Assembly elections, in Nandigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a rally on the last day of the campaign for the 2nd phase of Assembly elections, in Nandigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a rally on the last day of the campaign for the 2nd phase of Assembly elections, in Nandigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a rally on the last day of the campaign for the 2nd phase of Assembly elections, in Nandigram.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah's road show in support of BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram Constituency for the Assembly elections, in Nandigram.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a road show in support of BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram Constituency for the Assembly elections, in Nandigram.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah during an election campaign roadshow in support of BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram constituency, ahead of the second phase of West Bengal assembly poll, in Nandigram.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah during an election campaign roadshow in support of BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram constituency, ahead of the second phase of West Bengal assembly poll, in Nandigram.

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Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah during an election campaign roadshow for the West Bengal assembly polls, in Nandigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holds a child during her election campaign roadshow for Assembly polls, in Nandigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses an election campaign, in Nandigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with TMC Rajerhat seat candidate Aditi Munshi during an election campaign, in Nandigram.

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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during an election campaign, ahead of state assembly polls, in Nandigram. Banerjee will be contesting in the elections from Nandigram.

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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pours tea at a stall, during an election campaign ahead of state assembly polls, in Nandigram. Banerjee will be contesting in the elections from Nandigram.

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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visits a temple, during an election campaign ahead of state assembly polls, in Nandigram. Banerjee will be contesting in the elections from Nandigram.

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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visits a dargah, during an election campaign ahead of state assembly polls, in Nandigram. Banerjee will be contesting in the elections from Nandigram.

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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during an election campaign, ahead of state assembly polls, in Nandigram. Banerjee will be contesting in the elections from Nandigram.

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Tengua market area decorated with TMC flag and posters at Nandigram in East Medinipur district.

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A larger than life cut out of West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee put up at Nandigram in East Medinipur district. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday to contest in the upcoming WB state assembly elections from Nandigram in the backdrop of Suvendu Adhikari, a former confidante of the TMC joining the BJP--both heroes of the 2007 Nandigram movement, organising mass protests against the SEZ where Indonesia's Salim group intended to set up a chemical hub.

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Villagers walk towards their houses at Nandipur in East Medinipur district. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday to contest in the upcoming WB state assembly elections from Nandigram in the backdrop of Suvendu Adhikari, a former confidante of the TMC joining the BJP--both heroes of the 2007 Nandigram movement, organising mass protests against the SEZ where Indonesia's Salim group intended to set up a chemical hub.

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Villagers interact outside their house at Nandipur in East Medinipur district. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday to contest in the upcoming WB state assembly elections from Nandigram in the backdrop of Suvendu Adhikari, a former confidante of the TMC joining the BJP--both heroes of the 2007 Nandigram movement, organising mass protests against the SEZ where Indonesia's Salim group intended to set up a chemical hub.

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A larger than life cut out of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee put up at a chowk as part of preparations ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections, in Nandigram. Banerjee sprang a surprise on Monday when she declared that she will contest the elections from Nandigram.

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Villagers walk past a wall with a painting of BJP's political symbol, ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections, in Nandigram. WB CM Mamata Banerjee sprang a surprise on Monday when she declared that she will contest the elections from Nandigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a rally in Nadigram.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public rally in Nadigram.

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East Midnapore: A farmer's relative seeks blessings of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a rally to observe 'Farmers Day', in the memory of the killings of farmers in Nandigram, at Nadigram in East Midnapore district of West Bengal.

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Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay along with his wife Nayna Bandyopadhyay comes out after surrendering in a local court in Kolkata in connection with a 2007 Nandigram case.

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Union Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee speaks to Manasi Mondal, wife of late Nisikanta Mondal, the block president who was killed at Nandigram. The rally was organised to mark 'Two years of Nandigram Killings'.

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The first phase of panchayat polls in five districts of West Bengal was marred by violence in Nandigram and some other parts of the state all over again. Armed clashes, where bombs and guns were used, between Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) in the aftermath of panchayat poll, forced almost 500 villagers to take shelter near the BDO's office in Nandigram. Both the Trinamool Congress and the CPI(M) charged each other with instigating violence, ransacking houses and kidnapping rival supporters. Even the CRPF accused the ruling Left Front and CPI (M) activists of heavy-handedness. So much so that the union home ministry had to seek a detailed report from the West Bengal government. That was not all. Given the election time, it was not surprising to see chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee targeting Dr Manmohan Singh, who had ranked him as the country’s best Chief Minister as a “failed Prime Minister”. He went on to say: "Unfortunately as the Prime Minister, he is failing to perform. Inflation has hit the country. It is because of his failures that the Congress has been facing the music in several states. The BJP is taking advantage of this.” Later, he is supposed to have spoken to the PM to clear "the misunderstanding". ''I repeat what I have said. I did not try to denigrate the prime minister. I have high respect for him. Unfortunately, he is heading a government which is failing to perform on all fronts,'' Bhattacharya later said. The PM on his part brushed it all off: "This is politics. We are getting nearer to the elections. Therefore, issues are being politicised."

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Saturday May 4, 2008
Women and children having lunch at a relief camp in Nandigram in West Bengal after fresh violence forced them to leave their homes and take shelter at a school building. Three women activists of Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Commitee have claimed that they were beaten up and stripped by CPI-M cadres in Nandigram for refusing to support the Marxists in the ensuing panchayat polls.

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Wednesday November 14, 2007 will be recorded as an important milestone in Kolkata's history. Nearly one lakh people from all walks of life marched through Kolkata silently to register their protest against the carnage at Nandigram. The Nov 14 rally saw participation by many prominent personas. The march was dignified and apolitical and was the first such mass protest--if we discount the lakh-odd who turned out at the candlelight vigil for Rizwanur Rahman in front of St Xavier's College--by people from and around Kolkata. There were no politicians and all participants expressed outrage not only over the CPI(M)'s armed operation at Nandigram, but also the CM's shameless and shocking justification of the illegal action.

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West Bengal police arrest an activist of Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) during their protest at Esplannade in Kolkata today. SUCI was protesting was against the state governments failure to protect Nandigram villagers, two of whom were killed and eights others injured in fresh violence and exchange of fire between anti-land acquisition Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee and CPI(M) supporters.

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Sunday October 28, 2007
Nandigram was back in news. The photo shows Srimanta Das, a villager of Gakul Nagar, Nandigram who was seriously injured in a bomb blast, at Tamluk Hospital in East Midnapore district on Sunday. The CPI(M) alleged that the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC), spearheading the anti-land acquisition movement in Nandigram block of East Midnapore district, was behind the killing. Trinamool Congress alleged that a bullet was fired at a car carrying Mamta Banerjee near Tekhali bridge in Nandigram. Police, however, denied any such incident.

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Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee speaks in support of villagers from Nandigram in West Bengal, who suffered atrocities allegedly meted out by CPI(M) cadre during a protest in New Delhi. Taking her agitation against land acquisition for SEZs in the state to the Centre, Mamata today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding abolition of the law on Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Mamata, who addressed a meeting on the "atrocities" of the Left Front government after she met Singh, said the Prime Minister expressed sympathy for the families of those killed in the anti-SEZ agitation. Later, despite heavy rain, she led a delegation of party workers of Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal (United) and some "victims of Left atrocities" from Nandigram and Singur towards Parliament.

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Sunday 17 June
Para-military personnel patrol the Tekhali bridge at Nandigram in West Bengal on Sunday after violence broke out between the two groups. With the failure of a political peace process to end the farmer/ Trinamool Congress-CPI (M) standoff in Nandigram, a fresh wave of violence erupted in this troubled region of West Bengal on Friday 15 June when four policemen were injured in bomb blasts and firing allegedly by members of a Trinamool Congress-backed group opposing the acquisition of farm land for industry. Police fired two rounds in the air to ward off attackers from Sonachura, close to Nandigram, but faced return fire allegedly by members of the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC). Tension also gripped the Gokulnagar area when some 1,500 students ransacked a police camp inside a school to protest against the presence of police in the area for the past two months. On Saturday 16 June, two people were injured during firing between supporters of the BUPC and the CPI(M) at Tekhali Bazar area and on the third day, CPI (M) cadre allegedly fired 25 rounds and hurled bombs at journalists near a brick kiln at neighbouring Kejuri locality. Police claim it is the same spot from where ten persons were arrested with sophisticated firearms after the March 14 police firing in which 14 people were killed. While Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee alleges that some vested interests are communalising the farmers whose lands are being taken for industrialisation of the state, the Trinamool Congress has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to save the "Constitutional rights" of people in Nandigram, with a warning that situation may worsen if "state-sponsored terrorism" was not stopped..

Party leaders attend an all-party peace meeting on the Nandigram issue in Kolkata. While BJP, Naxalite groups and farmers' activists of Nandigram, who were not invited to attend the meeting protested outside the venue, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee walked out following sharp differences with CPI(M) leader Subhas Chakraborty on terming the March 14 police firing in the village as "genocide". Chakraborty, the Transport Minister of West Bengal, disputed Mamata's argument, claiming "the mob first attacked the police which opened fire resulting in some casualties and this can't be called genocide". Mamata than left the meeting with seven of her group members, which had representation of all parties except the Jamait and BJP. The meeting was then adjourned by convener and senior Forward Bloc leader Ashok Ghosh.

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Friday 4 May
A man participates in the protest rally organised by Trinamool Congress and other opposition parties against the Buddhadeb Bhattacharya government on Nandigram issue in Kolkata. Even after the SEZ project in Nandigram was scrapped after March 14 clashes and police firing, there is no respite for its residents. The Calcutta High Court has asked the West Bengal government to ensure normal life in Nandigram saying that 'prima facie it appeared that people there had been denied Fundamental Rights under Article 21 (protection of life and personal liberty)'. The HC has directed the government to provide ration, kerosene and other essential goods to the people rendered homeless because of continuing clashes. While the West Bengal government has ruled out deployment of Army or paramilitary forces in Nandigram, a status report filed by state's Home Secretary PR Roy has blamed "apparently CPI(M) supporters" for entering some villages in Nandigram to create tension that led to violence causing injuries and deaths. Typically, the CPI-M's West Bengal committee has given a clean chit to its cadre and blamed the opposition parties for the renewed violence.

Friday 23 March
Activists of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) participate in a rally in New Delhi, protesting the incident in Nandigram, West Bengal, where 14 villagers were killed in clashes with the police and CPI (M) cadre in West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee has said that though there could be "obstacles" in the path of his government's industrialisation drive, there would be no going back on it despite the Nandigram incident. State CPI-M secretary Biman Bose has also claimed that the controversy over acquisition of land for industries in West Bengal was part of an anti-communist conspiracy and questioned the "unusual" Calcutta High Court order for a CBI probe into the police firing in Nandigram saying "reactionary forces have set a trap and anti-communist conspirators have turned proactive to disturb the political stability in Left Front-ruled West Bengal". Meanwhile, on Monday 26 March, the Calcutta High Court has refused continuation of CBI enquiry into the Nandigram firing for the present and has asked the investigating agency to preserve all evidence in sealed covers, observing that it would decide on the need of it only after studying all affidavits filed by the state government and petitioners in the matter. The Bench, which was flooded with a number of affidavits and petitions that were filed by several NGOs and individual lawyers to become party to the litigation, said that it needed time to go through all the claims and counter-claims before deciding on the issue.

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Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers, armed with bamboo sticks and clubs, stand vigil to prevent journalists and opposition political parities from entering Nandigram. Mediapersons heading to cover action in the wake of the death of 14 people in violence were at the receiving end as supporters of the CPI-M and Trinamool Congress obstructed them at several places and teargas was fired at them by police.

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Police try to extinguish flames at a Block Development Office which was set on fire in Nandigram, about 140 kilometers south-west of Kolkata. Angry villagers attacked and set fire to the office amidst lingering tension over yesterday's violence in which 14 people lost their lives even as the Calcutta High Court ordered a CBI probe into the police firing. West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who was planning a judicial inquiry, accepted the court's order but justified his government's decision to send police to restore order. Violence erupted again this morning when Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee visited the area and a crowd of nearly 2,000 assembled outside the hospital where she met some of those injured in yesterday's violence.

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A man with a bullet injury is carried to hospital at Nandigram, about 140 kilometers south-west of Kolkata, West Bengal. At least 11 people were killed and 75 others injured as people opposing the acquisition of farm land for industries fought pitched battles with police who entered villages after a gap of about three months to restore law and order. The trouble started when a large police force tried to break the Nandigram blockade, but were confronted by a 5000-strong mob which began hurling bricks on them. The police resorted with teargas and a mild lathicharge and then rubber bullets, but when the villagers started shooting with pipe guns, the police opened fire. The police claim to have recovered large caches of arms and ammunition from the villages that they marched into. While the ruling CPI-M has termed the police action and subsequent violence as "unfortunate" incidents that could have been avoided, Trinamool Congress-led Krishijami Raksha committee has called a 12-hour general strike in the state on March 16 in protest against "state-sponsored terrorism" and demanded immediate dismissal of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government.

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Monday 8 January
Villagers carry the body of a person killed in a political clash at Sonachuri area of Nandigram, 150 kilometers north of Kolkata. Even as protests over land acquisition for Tata Motors' small car project in Singur continued against the Left-front government in West Bengal, six persons were killed and 25 injured on Sunday 7 January at the Nandigram village in East Midnapore district in clashes between CPI-M workers and the Bhumi Uchhed Birudhi Committee over the acquisition of land for a SEZ to be set up by Indonesia's Salim group. After West Bengal government's "peace process" to restore normalcy in the area, which remained inaccessible for two days, failed to break the deadlock between affected farmers and the government, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee announced the withdrawal of the notification for land acquisition in Nandigram and admitted 'major lapses' on the part of the local administration.

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