Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee on Saturday sought to bring the anti-land acquisition
movement closer to Kolkata by threatening to launch an
agitation along the lines of Singur and Nandigram.
"Land scams have taken place in a big way at Rajarhat
where the CPI(M)-led Left Front government had forcibly
acquired acres after acres by torturing farmers. It is time
now that I launch agitations here the way I spearheaded
movements at Singur, Nandigram and Suchpur to uphold farmers`
rights," Banerjee told a rally of party workers and farmers at
Rajarhat, adjacent to the city.
"Land scams will be probed case by case if Trinamool
Congress comes to power in the next assembly polls in the
state ... This (Left Front) government should be nailed for
speculating on land."
Claiming that 25,000 acres had been forcibly acquired
at Rajarhat for the New Town project by torturing farmers, she
said TC had received complaints from 2.5 lakh families, some
of whom had not yet received compensation.
"Land was acquired by muscle power ... Fifty farmers
have been killed for resisting the landgrabbers at Rajarhat. I
have documented evidence.
"I suggest a PIL be moved in Calcutta High Court for
the massive land scam at Rajarhat. I will see to the last that
deprived farmers get justice," she said.
Banerjee also alleged that there was no public
notification about allocation of land from a minister`s quota
at Rajarhat. "This is brazen violation of Supreme Court
Alleging that the LF government had resorted to `land
loot` in the name of industrialisation, she claimed the
government had paid Rs 6,000 per cottah and sold it for Rs 40
lakh to promoters owing allegiance to CPI-M.
Land scams had taken place in many parts of the state,
the latest being at Rajarhat where it had surfaced at the
Vedic village last year, she said and demanded that 10 per
cent of the land be returned to the farmers.