FARMERS WHOSE land was acquired for the Raghunathpur industrial park in Purulia district on Tuesday started a protest demanding that their land be returned as the project is yet to take off.
This comes days after the Supreme Court quashed the Singur land acquisition and asked the state government to return 997 acres to farmers within 12 weeks.
The foundation stone for the Rs 16,000-crore project, land for which was acquired by the Left government led by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, was laid on October 17, 2007.
Dozens of farmers, under the banner of Nutandi Anchal Krishi Committee (NAKC), organised a rally at the project site on Tuesday. “We were promised the moon and jobs but nothing has happened. Now that farmers in Singur are set to get their land back, we also want our land to be returned,” said Baneswar Ganguly, a member of NAKC. He added that they have submitted a memorandum to the SDO in this regard.
Among the industrial units that were allotted land in the industrial park were Jai Balaji Industries Limited, Adhunik Corporation Limited, Shyam Steel Industries Limited and DPSC Limited for steel, cement and power projects.
This is the second such agitation after the August 31 Singur order of the Supreme Court. Last week, farmers from Alisha in Burdwan had stopped construction work at a proposed ‘mishti hub’ alleging that the land was acquired illegally. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was quick to stop work. Now, an alternative site has been identified.