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Naxalites demand abandonment of SEZs

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Naxalbari uprising, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) has demanded abandonment of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Act of 2005, saying it is an anti-peasant and pro-capitalist policy.

Naxalbari (West Bengal), May 16 : On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Naxalbari uprising, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) has demanded abandonment of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Act of 2005, saying it is an anti-peasant and pro-capitalist policy.

"The SEZ Act is completely unwanted and unnecessary. It is an anti-peasant, anti-development piece of legislation, which has no validity. So, we demand that it should be scrapped. We are against any kind of land acquisition. In such land acquisition attempts by whichever government, we are siding with the peasants," said Dipankar Bhattacharya, All-India General Secretary, CPI-ML.

Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a geographical region with liberal economic laws, was earlier seen as a tax-free haven for private players that would lead to an import boost.

The ambiguities over the land acquisition procedure for SEZ have reportedly attracted many big and small companies.

Consequently, the SEZs have been facing stiff resistance all over the country and the worst hit projects have been at Singur and Nandigram in West Bengal.

Fourteen persons were killed in a police-protestors clash reportedly initiated by farmers to vent their grievances against the acquisitions of their lands at below market standard rates for private players to develop SEZ early this year.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Naxalbari movement that was launched in 1967 by Charu Mazumdar, Kanu Sanyal and Jangal Santhal, the CPI-ML (Liberation) has also launched Krishak Jagaran Yatra, a state-wide campaign among peasants from Naxalbari.

ANI

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