Will pay next week: Govt
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Accepting the Supreme Court verdict, which directed the state government to pay compensation to those injured in the Nandigram violence, the state decided on Thursday to start distributing cheques next week. The compliance report will be submitted to the Supreme Court on Friday.
On Wednesday, the apex court had directed that Rs 1 lakh be given to all those injured. Fourteen people had died and 162 people had been injured in Nandigram on March 14, 2007. The money will be given to 159 people as the government is not aware of the whereabouts of three of the injured.
"As per the Calcutta High Court Order, we had already paid Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 3 lakh to the rape victims," said Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh. "We also took the decision to allot Rs 1 lakh to the injured and the file had been pending with the finance department. It is going to be cleared in a day or two."
The state, however, will not pay compensation to the families of the nine people who have been missing since November 2007 ó when CPM cadres forcibly re-entered Nandigram ó even though the National Human Rights Commission directed the state government to pay compensation in this case too. "Let the NHRC go to court. In this case, the government had no role as it was an intra-party clash," a government official said. "No compensation will be paid to those people," confirmed chief secretary Samar Ghosh.
On November 10, 2007, eight months after the police firing, armed CPM goons had entered Nandigram, stifling all opposition. In the violence that followed, nine Trinamool supporters went missing and remain so till date.
The state government, however, will examine the NHRC's allegations of death and rape in the same incident, which, if proved, will be eligible for compensation.
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