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Uneasy calm returns to Singur, Nandigram

Singur/ Nandigram/ Kolkata, Jan 27 (ANI): A string of protests and arrests of Naxal activists in and around Singur and Nandigram on Saturday has brought back uneasy calm in the southern districts of West Bengal that witnessed violence over the land acquisition row for TATA's factory and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) respectively.

Today as Jamat-e-Ulema-Hind, a Muslim organisation, held a huge protest rally in Kolkata against the acquisition of land by the State Government in Nandigram, hundreds of people marched towards Singur, where prohibitory order is already in force.

"One lakh and twenty-five thousand acres of land and 700 villages are at stake. We cannot tolerate this catastrophe in Bengal, said Maulana Siddiqulla Chowdhury of Jamat-e-Ulema-Hind.

The Naxal dominated areas of Singur and Nandigram are witnessing resurgence of Naxal movement that rocked the State in late sixties. While 990 acres of land acquisition for TATA's one-lakh rupee car factory has been the bone of contention in Singur, in Nandigram land for POSCO's SEZ has turned into a violent controversy.

The CPI (ML-Liberation) leaders Kartick Pal and Sajal Adhikari led a protest march today, and tried to enter Singur, but were taken into custody by the police near the Kamarkundu police station.Trinamool Congress have said that their protest against setting up of TATA factory would be intensified from Sunday as their party workers would block roads leading to Durgapur and Singur.

On Friday, farmers set fire to fence posts at the TATA car plant site, as the construction work for the factory began. The villagers are continuously attempting to burn the post by throwing kerosene soaked jute bags to the poles.

In Nandigram too the injured victims of the recent violence are demanding a permanent moratorium on land acquisition.

The calm returned in the area after Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya had admitted that the State government acted in a 'hasty manner' over the SEZ establishment in Nandigram and said that he was ready to discuss over the compensation in the Singur land acquisition row.


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posted by Bimal 27.1.07,


At January 28, 2007 at 2:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can u give the details of struggle.


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