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WEST BENGAL-Self-Generated Sickness

to their movement. They grew more militant. They talked as equals and no longer treated the landlord, his son or his men as gods on earth. The struggle reached its first peak on March 6. The genesis of the particular incident is shrouded in controversy, but the crime itself is clear. According to a first information report, while some share-croppers' wives were walking through the field on the morning of March 6, a few pahalwans came out, abused them, and ultimately opened fire at them. The women ran as the guns boomed. Soon the men of the village collected and within moments the landlord's men fled. In the field lay dead Ajhola, a 28-year old mother of lour small children. Her face had been mutilated: the bullet had gone straight through her mouth. Three other young women lay in the field, profusely bleeding. One of them, Bhadavi Devi (24), is a widow. She is now under treatment in the zenana wing of Monghyr sadar hospital along with the other two injured, Nira Devi (24) and Urmila (18). During a visit to the hospital I learnt that Bhadavi will never again walk- without crutches. The bullet had got stuck in her thigh. The surgeons had failed to locate the bullet even a week after the injury.

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