Friday March 16 2007 00:00 IST
CHENNAI: AIADMK general secretary J Jayalaithaa has described Wednesday’s violence and police firing in Nandigram as ‘‘insensitive and shockingly brutal’’ and said it is ‘‘a shameful blot on the record’’ of the West Bengal Government.
‘‘For the first time in Indian history, such a perfectly justified agitation by the affected farmers has been brutally suppressed,’’ she said in a statement on Thursday referring to the violence and police firing, which, according to official figures, had taken the lives of 12.
Strongly condemning what she called a ‘reign of terror against poor farmers,’ she said it had all been caused by the Left Front Government in West Bengal, which was acquiring prime farmlands at Nandigram for setting up a special economic zone.
‘‘That a Left Front Communist Government should have indulged in such a violence is all the more shocking,’’ she said. It looked as though there had been a transformation and shocking metamorphosis of ideology among ‘‘those claiming to be Marxists.’’
Jayalalithaa said the ‘appalling’’ incident had demonstrated the corrupt practices of the Communists due to their prolonged association with the Congress and the DMK, two of the most ‘‘corrupt and dictatorial parties in the country.’’
Strongly condemning the incident, she demanded immediate and full reparation to the farmers affected ‘‘in this mayhem.’’
Action should also be taken against the police officers and personnel. ‘‘None of them should be spared on the pretext that they were only trying to establish rule of law,’’ she said.
THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS