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20 hurt in fresh violence at Singur

At least 20 persons were injured in fresh clashes between police and villagers protesting against proposed Tata Motors car factory here on Sunday.

Singur (WB), May 20 : At least 20 persons were injured in fresh clashes between police and villagers protesting against proposed Tata Motors car factory here on Sunday.

Several policemen, including an officer, were among those injured.

Around 200 farmers gathered at the factory site in Singur demanding their acquired land back.

Trouble broke out when villagers tried to bring down a factory wall under construction, forcing police to take strict action.

"We couldn't break that wall. The police have placed barricades before the wall," said Trinamool Congress legislator Rabindranath Bhattacharya.

Police fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse the protesters.

"We have dispersed the mob but a constable and a police officer were injured. We are keeping a watch on the situation." West Bengal Inspector General of Police Raj Kanojia told reporters.

Trinamool Congress has been spearheading the campaign for better compensation for the farmers whose lands were acquired by the State Government for the project.

Police had detained Trinamool leader Becharam Manna, Rabindranath Bhattacharya, social activist Anuradha Talwar and Medha Patkar.

"Today's incident proves that the people are still resisting and they will not give up so easily," said Sougato Roy, a Trinamool Congress leader.

Later today, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee expressing his surprise over fresh violence in Singur said a few people were creating trouble against the larger interest.

"While the proposed car project will offer employment to 4,000 people and galvanise the economy of the area, a small number of people are bent on opposing it. Even today a group of 100 people brick-batted the police and fomented trouble," Bhattacharjee told a public meeting here.

He also announced that the people whose land had been taken away by the Tata Motors small car project site would be given job at the plant.

Bhattacharjee expressed his resolve to pursue industrialisation.

"There had been Rs 74,000 crore investment proposals till now in the current year as against Rs 18,000 crore proposals in 2006," he said.

Tata Motors started to build its factory in Singur in January to make what the company claims will be the world's cheapest car for 100,000 rupees.

But the project, which has become a test case for the Communists, has been mired in trouble with some farmers who say the government took their land against their will. The government claims that it has compensated most of the farmers.

There have been regular protests in West Bengal this year over the acquisition of agriculture land for industry.


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