Congress protesters clash with police in Singur

August 21st, 2008 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 21 (IANS) Thousands of Congress workers opposing land acquisition clashed with police near the Tata Motors factory at Singur in West Bengal Thursday.”There were no prohibitory orders near the plant. Still police beat us with batons leaving dozens of us injured,” said Abdul Manna, the Congress legislator who led the protest march.

However, inspector general of police (law and order) Raj Kanojia said: “No one was injured. They blocked a highway near the project for hours and then dispersed.”

Congress workers were protesting against the allegedly forced acquisition of land from farmers for the project and were demanding its return.

Tata Motors’ Singur factory is working on manufacturing Nano, a small car priced at Rs.100,000.

Protesters have often entered into scuffle with the factory workers in the past. Last month, an engineer of the construction firm Shapoorji Pallonji was roughed up by women protesters.

Early this month, peasants clashed with the police after a handful of locals tried to break the factory wall with shovels. Two security men were also beaten up.

The government acquired 997.11 acres for the factory, triggering protests across the three panchayats - Gopalnagar, KGD (Kamarkundu, Gopalnagar, Doluigachcha) and Beraberi - that comprise the project area.

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