The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI ) has filed supplementary chargesheet in Nandigram violence case. This is the first time police personnel have been chargesheeted. Those chargesheeted include three police officers Satyajeet Bandopadhya, then additional SP, Debashish Boral, the then additional SP, Shankar Roy, officer in charge, Nandigram district. The chargesheet was filed in Haldia court.
Interestingly, the CBI sources say the reason for delay in filing the chargesheet against police officers was because of the delay in sanction against the police officers by Mamata Banerjee. Banerjee, at that time, had claimed it was a cold-blooded murder by the then Left government because villagers were opposing the SEZ project. Ironically, once in power, Mamata Banerjee government decided not to give sanction to prosecute the same police officers.
The first chargesheet was filed on 23 December 2013 against 37 individuals. The case revolves around gathering of 2000-3000 people to prevent repair of road and subsequent violence.
On 14th March 2007, a police party headed by Satyajeet Bandopadhya along with local police and administration went to repair the road which was damaged. A large crowd armed with bamboo sticks and firearms. The police told them that the gathering was unlawful and told them to disperse, but the mob started pelting stones.
12 rounds of tear gas shells, 15 hand grenades, 30 rounds of rubber bullets and 17 rounds of bullets were used by cops. However, it failed to abate the violence. Bandopadhya then declared the gathering illegal. 10 rounds were fired in air and 7 on target to save lives of police party surrounded by the mob.
CBI has charged police officers with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Though, 14 people were killed in Nandigram violence, CBI says excruciating circumstances led police to fire at the crowd.
Then Mamata Banerjee had claimed it was a cold blooded murder by the then Left government because villagers were opposing SEZ project.
(With inputs from Ankit Tyagi)