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Rajarhat farmers all set to fight for land rights
KOLKATA, 9 APRIL: Farmers of Rajarhat have decided to continue their protest against the new government if it fails to recover their land that has been forcibly acquired by the Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) to set up the township.
Moreover, Trinamul Congress leader Miss Mamata Banerjee has assured them of protection, support and relief.
While releasing a 40-minute documentary film, Amader Jomite Oder Nagari, members of the Rajarhat Jomi Bachao Committee said an Opposition leader has assured them of returning 10 per cent of land that was acquired forcibly. If there is a change of power and it is found that the assurances were all hoax then we would continue with our movement against the new government, said Mr Nilotpal Dutta, secretary of the committee.
The documentary is a proof of how the state government forcefully acquired the land from the farmers. The farmers have alleged that they were threatened at gunpoint and even refuted the government's claim of adequate compensation. Farmers complained that their land was acquired at cheap price and sold to promoters to build high-rises and shopping malls at high cost. The documentary further showed that several ponds were filled up despite stop work notices.
The documentary would be shown in all the districts to publicise the false claims of the Left Front government. Mr Dutta said the committee is not against industrialisation and development. "We are against development of such kind that comes by depriving the poor. The plots acquired in Rajarhat are multi-cropped and the farmers have now been left poorer," he said.
Speaking at the programme, poet Tarun Sanyal said the academicians and the intellectuals support the movement of the farmers. Land acquired forcibly can be recovered by two means ~ agitation and law. The farmers would try both the means, he said. Echoing the same, human rights activist, Ms Sujata Bhadra said the state government have been portraying Rajarhat as a development model and publicises that farmers gave away land willingly.