Kolkata, Nov 13, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) A total of 44 Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) supporters were sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday by a district court in West Bengal for their involvement in the infamous Nanoor killings of 2000.
The sessions court of Birbhum’s Suri had convicted them a day ago for the killing of eleven men at Suchpur under Nanoor police station of Birbhum district, while acquitting 23 other accused.
First sessions court judge Biswanath Konar convicted them under Sections 302 (murder), 149 (unlawful assembly) and 148 (rioting with deadly weapons) of Indian Penal Court.
“It is a judgement for change in Bengal. The CPI-M had called them dacoits. These innocent land labourers were killed by the communists. We are grateful that even if after ten years, we have got justice,” said Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
“Their families were intimidated by the CPI-M. Bombs were hurled in their localities to terrorise them, but they fought and finally we got this judgement,” said Banerjee.
A senior CPI-M leader said the verdict would be challenged in the higher court.
The incident had occurred on July 27, 2000 when the 11 farmers, all belonging to the minority community, were killed allegedly owing to their support for the Trinamool Congress.
The accused were earlier on bail.