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Govt not to acquire land forcefully: Partha

Posted on Nov 09, 09:42PM | UNI

The West Bengal government would not acquire land forcefully for setting up industries in the state and would remain by the side of the farmers, Commerce and Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee said today.

The minister made this observation at the state Assembly after a meeting with the Krishi Jami Raksha Committee.

" We are against forceful land acquisition and will remain by the side of the land givers," Mr Chatterjee observed.

Referring to the recent clash at Loba village in Birbhum district, he said the government would remain by the side of the villagers who reposed faith in the administration.

He said the villagers also assured that they would keep a vigil to prevent recurrence of unrest in the area.

Mr Chatterjee said from price of land to other aspects for setting up industries at the village had been fixed during the regime of the Left Front government.

" I discussed the matter with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the developmental works at Loba will continue," he maintained.

Incidentally, maintaining that no clash had taken place for land grabbing at Loba village, the chief minister had ordered an inquiry into the incident on November 7.

Terming the incident as 'unfortunate,' Ms Banerjee had alleged that the incident was a 'planned-conspiracy' hatched by vested interests to create unrest in the village and the adjoining places.

" The government will discuss with the villagers in respect of their demand. It will remain by their side, " the chief minister had observed.

Informatively, 37 people, including 27 policemen, were injured in a clash at Loba village under Dubrajpur police station area in Birbhum district on November 6.

The incident took place when the police went there to retrieve a JCB machine of a coal mining company from the villagers who alleged that it did not give proper compensation to them.