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Trinamool workers damage fence, enter Singur project site

Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress workers on Tuesday entered a section of the site earmarked for the car manufacturing project at Singur and damaged a portion of the fence.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 Cr.P.C are in force in the area.

Trinamool had organised a "march to Singur" to protest against the alleged forcible acquisition of farmland for the Tata Motors' project. On Monday, the car of a senior Tata official was blocked by protesters when he was on his way back from a panchayat office in Singur. The official had gone there to discuss the area development programme being considered by Tata Motors. The police rushed to the spot and dispersed the demonstrators belonging to the Singur Krishi Jami Raksha Committee, which is opposing the acquisition of farmland for the project.

Trinamool is organising a meeting at Nandigram in Purbo Medinipur district on January 20 to oppose plans for land acquisition for a proposed Special Economic Zone there. The Congress has also decided on a similar programme.

Referring to "some famous persons, some known worldwide," Biman Bose, secretary of the State Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said people were trying to stir up unrest over the acquisition of land for industry. He cautioned them against "betraying the people" of the State by engaging in such activity.

Social activist Medha Patkar has been opposing land acquisition for both the Singur and Nandigram projects.

On the proposed project at Nandigram, Mr. Bose said any talk of land acquisition at this stage was premature. "Nandigram will be the last leg" of an industrial development programme [being planned by the Indonesian Salim Group, which includes infrastructure projects as well as a SEZ] that will span 12 years.

The CPI(M), which has launched a six-week-long campaign to build public opinion in favour of the Government's industrialisation programme, will observe a `Nandigram Divas' on January 27, Mr. Bose said. Funds would be collected for distribution among those who left Nandigram in the wake of the violence there.

He urged residents to allow repair work on damaged culverts and roads leading to Nandigram. The area had been isolated from the rest of the district, and supplies of essential commodities was disrupted.

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