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Nandigram limping back to normalcy

Life in Nandigram, site of an abandoned industrial hub in West Bengal that witnessed violent outbursts against the setting up of an Special Economic Zone (SEZ), is slowly limping back to normalcy.

Nandigram (WB), May 13 : Life in Nandigram, site of an abandoned industrial hub in West Bengal that witnessed violent outbursts against the setting up of an Special Economic Zone (SEZ), is slowly limping back to normalcy.

Fear and tension that became the mainstay of Nandigram villagers is slowly subsiding.

The village, 150 kilometres from Kolkata, has seen sporadic clashes ever since the State Government declared there a site for an Indonesian firm, Salim's SEZ.

Tension compounded with the killing of 14 villagers on March 14, as they clashed with police protesting against the acquisition of their farmland for the proposed SEZ.

Villagers, who had left their homes for fear of life and property, are now gradually coming back and are trying to restart their routine life.

"There were incidents of violence in the village but now the situation is relatively calm, with sporadic incidence of violence in remote areas," said Shiekh Bakhtar, a resident of the village.

The West Bengal Government under the leadership of Buddhadev Bhattacharya had allocated 14,500-acre (5,800 hectares) farmland plot for the proposed SEZ.

While shelving the Nandigram project, Bhattacharya, had affirmed his commitment to continue the project at another location in the State.

In last one year, the Centre had approved nearly 400 SEZs, and received 304 more proposals from different State governments. All but 63 of the projects have been put on hold now.

ANI

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