Villagers at Natundih, Hurra, Durmut, Joradih, Bathan and Layekdih in Raghunathpur, Purulia, who lost their land to a proposed industrial project in the area, launched an agitation on Tuesday , demanding the return of their plots.
West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) acquired the land in 2007-08 for the proposed Rs 18,000-crore greenfield project of Jai Balaji Group that looked to set up steel, cement and power plants there.
Pointing out then Left Front government had taken away the plots against the farmers’ wish, Trilok Majhi from Durmut village, who lost his land, said, “Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee laid the foundation for the projects in 2008. But they are yet to see the light of the day .“ Comparing their plight to that of Singur residents, he said, “About 10,000 villagers here are affected.The Supreme Court has asked the state to return land to Singur farmers.
But what will happen to us? The seat of power in the state saw a change but industry is yet to come up here. We want our land back.“ The villagers took out a rally in Durmut and submitted memorandum to Raghunathpur SDO Debamoy Chatterjee. The SDO said he would forward it to the higher authorities.
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