Huge cache of arms recovered from CPM Cadre

Top CPM state leaders had supplied arms and instructions to Cadre to massacre farmers resisting land grab at nandigram to teach them a lesson

March 17: The CBI today arrested 10 suspected supporters of a political party from a brick kiln near Nandigram and seized from them 20 firearms and a huge cache of ammunition — including six helmets of the type used by police.

With two CPM flags also found in their room, officers were probing whether the men, whom the CBI has handed over to East Midnapore police, are linked to the party.

If the helmet haul and party links are confirmed, this would be the first piece of evidence that cadre did, or intended to, take part in the “recapture” of Nandigram.

The lead came at Adhikarypara, where some villagers told the investigating CBI team they had seen the police move some bodies from one vehicle to another. Trailing the bloodstains from the spot, the sleuths reached three brick kilns near Tekhali bridge at Sher Khan Chowk, 7 km from Nandigram.

(left)A man, who lost a member of his family, cries in Nandigram. Picture by Amit Datta

They found the gang at the first kiln, Ma Janani Brick Field, and overpowered them.
“Strangely, six helmets that police generally use were found with them. It’s possible they had donned police uniforms on the day of firing and joined the security men,” an officer said.

The police suspect that the men, aged from 25 to 50, had been hiding there for the past six days and were planning an attack on villagers.

“They are criminals and had subversive motives. We were shocked to find thousands of live ammunition. Around 20 arms, including 9-mm improvised pistols and 11 Japanese-make sophisticated rifles, and live bombs were also seized,” an officer said.

The men told the police they had been brought by members of a political party.

“We have heard about the arrests, but don’t yet know who they are. We are looking into the matter,” said Ashok Guria, CPM East Midnapore secretariat member.

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One Response to “Huge cache of arms recovered from CPM Cadre”

  1. sukumar Mitra Says:

    Shall we remember those whose struggle and self-sacrifice paved the way for the departure of the CPIM regime and the arrival of the TMC-Congress government? If we are forgetful we may become fully blind someday soon.
    DO WE REMEMBER THEM by Kabir Suman
    Sukumar Mitra, probably the most important reporter of the Nandigram Uprising, dared sure death several times. I am aware of at least one incident in which he was supposed to be spotted by a videographer and then murdered by the CPIM killers. The problem with the people who wield power is that they never think it possible that they can be outwitted at their game. In this particular case, yours truly got hold of the videographer whose job it was to show the killers who Sukumar Mitra was (the killers did not know him by his appearance) and did what he had to do : make him forget his mission and concentrate rather on how best to relieve himself of the pressure that a certain grip was causing to grow steadily in his lower abdomen. It all happened Once Upon a Time at Nandigram.
    The swearing in will take place on 20 May 2011.

    DO WE REMEMBER THEM by Kabir Suman
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