Petition filed in SC in land acquisitions in West Bengal

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New Delhi, Mar 26 (UNI) The judgment of the Calcutta High Court, dated January 18, 2008 upholding the validity of acquisition of 1000 acres of land at Singur in West Bengal for setting up of Nano car factory by the Tatas has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

The petitioner Kedarnath Yadav, who has filed a petition yesterday in the Supreme Court, has alleged that large tracts of agricultural land has been illegaly acquired by the state government mainly for Salem Group of Industries. Farmers land has been acquired in Haldia district and Reliance Industries are also being alloted land for setting up of SEZ.

Such acquisitions are being made by gross violation of the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act. Lands are being acquired against the will of the farmers which violate their fundamental right to live, guaranteed under the Constitution.

The Buddhadeb government in the state has been under heavy fire from all quarters for large scale violence in Nandigram where the CPM goons and state police are facing allegations of killings as well as rape of women who were protesting against the forcibe acquisition of their land.

According to the petitioner, the state government does not have any master plan for industrial development of the state.

About 997 acres of land has been handed over to the Tatas for their small car project at Singur. A batch of petitions were filed in the Calcutta High Court which were dismissed by the court.

The petition is likely to come up for hearing next week.

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