Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday paid tributes to the martyrs of Nandigram on Twitter and Facebook.
She wrote, “On this day, 11 years ago, innocent villagers were killed in firing at Nandigram. Heartfelt tribute to all those who lost their lives. We observe 14 March as ‘Krishak Dibas’ and give away ‘Krishak Ratna’ awards on this day.”
In 2007, the erstwhile Left Front Government had wanted to acquire land in Nandigram for a Chemical Hub. The villagers had refused to part with their land. On March 14, 2007, 14 villagers were killed (officially) in Nandigram, several injured.
After coming to power, Mamata Banerjee has been observing this day as Krishak Dibas. The CM also gives away ‘Krishak Ratna’ awards.