LF, Opposition unite to resist land acquisition in S Dinajpur

The parties have formed a `Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee`to oppose the acquisition of 300 bighas for the proposed BSF camp.

Balurghat: Land set to be acquired
for a proposed BSF camp have united ruling Left Front partners
CPI(M) and RSP besides the opposition Trinamool and Congress
to resist the move at Mahabari in South Dinajpur district.

The parties have formed a `Krishi Jomi Raksha
Committee` (Save Agricultural Land Committee) to oppose the
acquisition of 300 bighas for the proposed camp, CPI(M)
district secretariat member Goutam Goswami said today.

"If the land was to be acquired for industry then we
would have considered it. But since the district has no
industry and people have to rely mostly on agriculture, not an
inch of land will be given up for the BSF camp. Moreover, the
land at Mahabari in Bansihari block is a multiple crop
yielding one," he said.

Expressing support, Trinamool Congress district
president Biplab Mitra said the authorities should have learnt
lessons from the Singur and Nandigram movements. "If the
authorities have not done so, they will never learn."

Letters have been sent to Governor M K Naryanan, Chief
Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Land and Land Revenue
Minister Rezzak Mollah and Leader of the Opposition Partha
Chatterjee after a mass signature campaign, CPI(M) Zilla
Parishad member Akhil Burman said.

Besides, a representation against the acquisition of
land was submitted by the Committee to District Magistrate
Ashok Bandopadhyay, he said.

The DM, when contacted, confirmed the same.
Zilla Parishad sabhadipati M Murmu said farmers could
not be allowed to sustain any loss due to acquisition of land
for the proposed BSF camp.

While the BSF authorities were not available for
comment, local farmers said they had seen security personnel
measuring land.

"We will resist if the district authorities do not
take steps and not allow the BSF personnel to enter our land
again," they said.


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