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Trouble again in Tataland
* 40 hurt as Singur protest turns violent
* No acquisition till I am alive: Mamata
Subhrangshu Gupta
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, February 4
Ms Mamata Banerjee’s re-launching of the second phase of agitation against the forcible acquisition of the farmlands for industries today coincided with the outbreak of a fresh violent incidents at Singur and several other places.

Violent clashes occurred between the Krishi Bachaoo Committee and police personnel in which at least 40 persons were injured. Oddly enough, a group of CPM cadres carrying lathis, choppers, sickles and other handy weapons took part in the operation with the police against the agitators, alleged local TMC MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharyya.

The police fired rubber bullets, tear gas shells and lathicharged the angry mob engaged in dismantling the boundary walls and burning the factory site of Tata Motors.

Ms Anuradha Talwar, president of the committee, along with several other social activities participating in the agitation, were severely beaten and dragged down the roads before taking to the local police station. Violent clashes also occurred at Khejuria and several other areas. Over 200 persons have been arrested.

Ms Banerjee, who today came out in the public for the first time after a prolonged illness following the 25-day hunger strike, declared at Nandigram that she would be visiting Singur tomorrow where they would be observing a protest day all over the state against the police atrocities on the farmers.

The Trinamool leader said she would not allow the government to acquire agricultural land for industries or SEZs till she was alive.

“Till the last drop of my blood and till I am alive I would not allow the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government to forcibly acquire farmland to set up Industries or SEZs,” Ms Banerjee said.

She asked the CPI, RSP and the Forward Block, the three major partners of the Left Front, who opposed the land acquisition policy, to join them in the stir.CPM Secretary Biman Bose, meanwhile, reiterated that the present policy of industrialisation would continue.

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