Singur farmers have the right to take back land: SUCI-C

June 29th, 2012 - 11:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, June 29 (IANS) Stating that the British-era Land Acquisition Act cannot be a yardstick for justice, the Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist (SUCI-C) Friday said the farmers of Singur have the right to take back their land, allegedly acquired forcibly by the then Left Front government to set up an industrial unit.

“The farmers of Singur will have to snatch back their land. The need is to look into the matter through the eyes of justice and not legality. A colonial law cannot be the yardstick for justice for the Singur farmers,” said the party’s state secretary Soumen Basu.

Basu’s comments come in the wake of the Calcutta High Court’s decision striking down, as unconstitutional, the Mamata Banerjee government’s Singur Land Act which aimed at giving back 400 acres of land to the “unwilling” farmers of Singur, about 40 km from Kolkata in Hooghly district.

“In our society what is legal may not be just and something which is just must be followed even if it is not legal. We believe the Singur farmers have the right to reclaim their land and we are with them in their fight,”added Basu, whose SUCI-C partnered Banerjee in her anti-acquisition movement which catapulted the Trinamool Congress to power in the state.

However, the party which had formed an alliance with the Trinamool for the state assembly elections, later parted ways with it.

The Hooghly district unit of the party has announced it would bring out a protest rally July 1 expressing its solidarity with the peasants in any movement for reclaiming their land.

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