KJRC agitate against High Court ruling on Tata Motors' case

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Singur, Jan 20 (UNI) About 1,000 Krishi Jami Raksha Committee members today staged rail and road blockades in various parts of Hooghly district to protest the Calcutta High Court's recent ruling in support of the government in the Tata Motors' case.

Some mail, express and local trains on the Howrah-Bardhaman chord line of the Eastern Railway were disrupted by protestors squatting on the Kamarkundu railway crossing here.

Affected trains included Down Jammu-Tawai Mail and Coalfields Express.

Road traffic also came to a standstill on the Baidyabati- Tarekeswar road as a result of the agitation.

Chandannagar SDPO Kalyan Mukherjee said, ''The blockade lasted for one and half hours from 1630 hrs.

Calcutta High Court had on Friday ruled that the land acquisition by the West Bengal government for the Tata Motors' small car project in Singur was not illegal.

Krishi Jami Raksha Committee Convener Becharam Manna said, ''The peasants did not succumb under the pressure of the High Court verdict and will take their appeal to the Supreme Court and there will be further movements.'' A rally cum meeting that was due to be held today by the ruling party members in connection with the court ruling was cancelled in view of the agitation.

CPI (M)'s Hooghly District Committee leader Srikanta Chatterjee said, ''We do not want any conflict and hence decided to cancel the meeting.'' UNI XC LL PL AE BD2125

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