Singur villagers launch agitation for Tata land

KOLKATA: Vandalism reigned supreme right under the nose of the district administration at Singur with villagers freely entering the jinxed Singur factory site all of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to take away whatever they could lay their hands on. Nearly a thousand of them launched an impromptu agitation in front of the factory gates, screaming: ” Tata you quit Singur and let us get back our land”. Social activist Medha Patkar was at the right place at the right time, rooting for the villagers.

The superintendent of police, Hooghly district Tanmoy Roychowdhury said that some villagers were trying to remove construction materials from inside the factory premises on Wednesday. “But their mission remained unsuccessful as the police intervened and prevented them from carrying out such acts” he said. In stark contrast to the official line, vernacular television channels beamed all day live images of men, women and children taking away all kinds of material from inside the factory.

However, Roychowdhury maintained : “Some women were seen trying to remove materials, but they fled after seeing the police. However, the Tatas have not filed any FIR against any villager for their move to take out construction materials”.

Industry minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters at Writers’ Buildings that about 500 policemen have been posted at Singur and the police was asked to keep a close vigil on the factory site. Chatterjee, however, refused to make any comment on the Tatas’ act of moving the Calcutta High Court against the state government.

A senior Hooghly district police official said on Wednesday that the police have set up camps inside the factory premises and the force will stay there to avoid any untoward incident at the abandoned Nano site. “We will not allow any vandalism inside the factory premises,” the official pointed out.

Trinamool Congress and opposition CPIM remained tight-lipped over the Tata decision. When contacted, the opposition leader in the state assembly, Surjya Kanta Mishra said : “I cannot comment on an issue like this, because this is under the consideration of high court.” But both the camps were keeping a close watch on the development.

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