Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Monday, Nov 03, 2008
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



Front Page
News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |

Front Page Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Trinamool Congress, ‘Save Nano’ panel members clash at Singur

Raktima Bose

Return “forcibly” acquired land, demands Mamata

Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

VIOLENCE AGAIN: Supporters of the Trinamool Congress and the Nano Bachao Committee clash at Ghanshympur near Singur in West Bengal on Sunday. —

SINGUR (WEST BENGAL): Vehicles, motorcycles and cycles were set ablaze as Trinamool Congress supporters and members of the Singur Nano Bachao (Save Nano) Committee (SNBC) clashed with sticks, iron rods and bricks here on Sunday.

Police burst tear-gas shells to disperse the protesters.

The violence broke out when SNBC members put up road blockades at Ghanashyampur, 3 km from the site where Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee held a rally in support of her demand for the return of a portion of land acquired for the Tata Motors Nano project.

The situation turned volatile as Trinamool supporters started congregating for the rally.

Leader of the Opposition and senior Trinamool leader Partha Chatterjee was assaulted by the SNBC members and the window-screen of his car smashed as he tried to reach the rally site bypassing the road block.

Alleges negligence

“It is a case of total negligence by the State administration as well as the police who could not provide security to an Opposition leader, even though I had informed the Home Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakroborty of my visit to Singur,” Mr. Chatterjee said.

Trinamool supporters set on fire the office of a syndicate comprising members of the SNBC, who had supplied building material when the Nano project was being constructed.

Photographer assaulted

The photographer of The Hindu was assaulted by the Trinamool supporters as he was taking photographs of the burning vehicles. This correspondent was threatened.

Addressing the rally, Ms. Banerjee reiterated her demand for the return of the 400 acres allegedly acquired forcibly from farmers for the project.

“The State government did everything to ensure that I cannot hold the meeting here. We have proved we can,” she said.

She announced that protest meetings and rallies would be organised across the State for the next two days.

Ms. Banerjee blamed the State government for Tata Motors’ exit.

“Had the State government acted according to the agreement reached on September 7 before Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, both the project and agriculture could have flourished here.”

Related stories

  • Tatas choose Gujarat as new home for Nano
  • Tatas pull out of Singur
  • A battle has been lost, but not the war: Buddhadeb
  • Singur observes bandh
  • Buddhadeb voices concern over future of industrialisation

    Printer friendly page  
    Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



    Front Page

    News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
    Advts:
    Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |

  • Novemberfest 2008


    News Update



    The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
    Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

    Copyright 2008, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu