Congress rally outside Tata Motors project site

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Singur, Aug 10 (UNI) About 500 Congress supporters, led by party leader Abdul Mannan, today organised a rally and marched upto the Tata Motors small car project site here, demandning the return of the 'forcibly' acquired land to the farmers.

The Congress workers also held demonstrations outside the Tata project site boundary and put up their party flags, banners and posters.

Congress leader Abdul Mannan said, ''We will continue our agitation and intensify our movement over the coming few days until the 400 acres land acquired forcibly from the farmers is returned to them.'' The agitators also tried to break through gate number three and enter the project site but were prevented from doing so by a strong police contingent.

Singur police station Officer Incharge Priyabrata Bakshi said, ''All measures have been taken to provide adequate security to the workers and labourers at the Tata Motors and the situation is under control now.'' Meanwhile, the CPI(M)'s youth wing DYFI is scheduled to hold a public meeting at the Singur bazaar this evening in support of the state government's industrialisation initiative.

The DYFI claimed that the industrialisation of the region undertaken by the state government had provided employment to the youth and raised the standard of living.

Security had been tightened throughout the region in view of the CPI(M)'s public meeting, the OC said.

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