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WB govt stops land acquisition
March 19, 2007 17:33 IST
The West Bengal government on Monday issued a notification saying that no land would be acquired for setting up industry in Nandigram, as normalcy seemed to limping back to the trouble-torn block of East Midnapore district.
The notification, issued by East Midnapore District Magistrate Anup Agarwal, said that the state government would not acquire any land in Nandigram block for setting up industry.
The move was apparently aimed at defusing tension in the area which is still reeling from shock following violent clashes between villagers and the police on March 14 in which 14 people were killed and over 75 injured.
District officials said that copies of notification have been sent to all 10 gram panchayats in the block as well as to all political parties.
The move comes two days after the ruling CPI-M led-Left Front, under pressure from smaller allies CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc, decided that all land acquisition in the state should be put on hold and police would be withdrawn from the troubled areas.Meanwhile, no fresh violence was reported from any part of the affected areas even though five of the 10 gram panchayats in the area remained non-functional following the March 14 incident and subsequent clashes.