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(18 May 2006 – 15 June 2008)
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PROFILE “Singur is in Hooghly district, 45 kilometers from Kolkata. The nearest railway stations are Singur, Kamarkundu and Madhusudanpur. The farmland earmarked for the project stands alongside an arc of the Durgapur expressway near the Ratanpur crossing with NH-1. The six mouzas whose land falls under the Tata project site are GopalNagar, BeraBeri, Bajemelia, Khaserbheri, SingherBeri and JoymollarBeri. They stand on the other side of the project site completing the expressway's arc into a circle. According to a govt. Statistical Handbook on Singur block, 83%of the land is irrigated and the crop density is 220%. The crops produced are mainly paddy and potato but jute and a variety of vegetables are also grown in the fields. There are five modern cold storages and a host of wholesaler's sheds (arat) in RatanpurSingur town. “According to the People’s Survey carried out by Sanhati Udyog in November, the landholdings in Singur are small with very few owners having more than 2 bighas (0.66 acres). Hence, there are more than 11,000 land holdings. Of a total of 6,000 families that will be affected, about 3500 farming households work on their own fields and can be called poor or subsistence farmers. According to them there are about 1200 unregistered sharecropping Bargadars. But a Status Report on Singur circulated by the CPM Delhi State Secretary, P S Grewal talks of only 237 recorded Bargadars and about 170 unrecorded. “According to the Sanhati Udyog Report there are a large number of migrant workforces. About 1000 wage-labourers, arrive daily from Bardhaman, Bankura and other parts of the Hooghly district to earn their livelihood from agricultural activities. Around 800 labourers, mostly adivasis from Jharkhand, are seasonal migrants who work the fields for six-eight months and earn just about enough to feed their families back home for the whole year. There are also several permanent migrant families who had come two or three decades ago and settled down in Singur. “A majority of non-farming households in Singur are employed in agriculture-related occupations. 450-500 cycle-cart drivers transport crops and agricultural inputs to and from the fields, nearly 200 households are engaged in animal husbandry and over 150 households are vegetable vendors in Howrah, Sealdah, Chuchura and the two local markets. The cold storages in Rantanpur employ about 500 labourers.” BACKGROUND In May 2006, the West Bengal Government decided to acquire 997 acres (initially 1013 acres were asked for) for the Tata Motors small car factory in Singur of Hooghly district.. Almost 6,000 families, including many agricultural workers and marginal peasants will loose their land and livelihoods. Though the State Government has decided to compensate the land owners, no policy has been taken for the landless agricultural workers, unrecorded bargadars and other rural households who are indirectly dependent for their livelihood on land and agricultural activities. Almost all the land owners had also expressed their unwillingness to give their land from the inception of the project, but these appeals have fallen on deaf ears. The Tata Project: According to news reports in the month of May 2006, just after the victory of the Left Front in the election of the Legislative Assembly for the seventh time consecutively, a meeting was held between Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, CM of West Bengal and Ratan Tata, the Chairman of Tata Company. In this meeting, it was officially announced that over 1000 acres of the land of Singur block would be acquired since the Tata Motors would build a small car plant. It was also said that the land acquisition would take place shortly as Tata Motors wanted to launch a new One-lakh-Rupee car model by the year 2008. According to Mr. Nilotpal Basu, CPI(M) MP (as stated by him to a delegation that met him on the 7th December), the Tatas had been shown 5 different pieces of land and they chose Singur. The only official document publicly available on the project, the Gazette notification under sec 4(1) of the Land Acquisition Act 1894 between 19th and 24th July states that the “land as mentioned in the schedule below is likely to be needed to be taken by the Government/ Government undertakings/ Development Authorities, at the public expense for a public purpose viz., employment generation and the socio economic development of the area by setting up a Tata Small Car project”.
2006 18 May: Announcement of Singur Development at the Chief Minister - Tata Joint Press Conference in Kolkata. Ratan Tata said today that his aim was still to turn out the small car at a price of Rs 1 lakh, which he had announced some three years ago, and that it will be another two years before the vehicles actually roll out. With chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, and surrounded by top group executives, he said Tata Motors had decided to locate the project at Singur in Hooghly. For the first time, Tata revealed that the project, to be spread over 700 acres with another 300 kept aside for ancillary production, and will create 10,000 jobs, direct and indirect. “We have come to believe that Bengal is the most investor-friendly state in the country. Someone had to turn that belief into reality. The investment is a reflection that the Tata group has faith in the investment climate and the government of Bengal,” Tata said. Bhattacharjee, who let Tata do the talking, was modest. Asked what is expected of the government in the next five years, he said: “I will only try to be a performer. 25 May: The struggle of a substantial number of the people of Singur against the land acquisition began from day one when the Tata company representatives and the officials went to see the land. The people refused to let them reach their fields and blocked their way and the Tata team had to be rescued by the police. 26 May: Angry farmers of Singur today demanded that the chief minister assure them of jobs in it. If their demand is not fulfilled, they will continue their agitation and not let the government take their land. 30 May: Mr. Nirupam Sen, state commerce and industries minister was greeted with black flags in Singur today by members of Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee, an apolitical organization of farmers and labourers of Singur. The farmers were protesting against the state government allowing Tata Motors to set up an automobile plant on agricultural land. 1 June: About 3,000 villagers today staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Singur block development officer against the government’s move to acquire farmland for the Tata Motors project. The Tatas have chosen the site in Hooghly district, about 45 km from Calcutta, for their small-car project. Local Trinamool MLA Rabindranath Bhatta-
charyya was with the protesters throughout the demonstration to express his support. The villagers, under the banner of the Krishijami Banchao Committee (Save Farmland Committee), brought out a process-ion around noon. Waving sickles, ploughs and brooms, they shouted slogans against chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and industries minister Nirupam Sen. The protesters carried placards with slogans like Krishi
jami aamader bhitti, tabu Budhhar eki kukirti
(Farmland is our livelihood, but look at Buddha’s [Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s] misdeed) and Jamir dalal Nirupam Sen Singur theke door hato (Land broker Nirupam Sen stay off Singur). Sen had visited Singur on Tuesday (30 May) to explain to the villagers about compensation they would get for land given to the government. He had also tried to convince farmers that it made more sense for them to sell their land instead of using it for cultivation. The protesters, with about 1,000 women at the head, gathered at the BDO’s office and demonstrated for two hours against the government’s move to dispossess farmers of their farmland. They submitted a deputation to BDO Abhijit Mukherjee who said he was yet to receive a government order for acquisition of land and was not in a position to shed light on the issue. The villagers came to talk about land acquisition but I told them that the district magistrate is empowered to deal with the issue. 17July: Work on acquisition of land for Tata Motors’ factory for producing small cars at Singur has begun with the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation submiting its proposals to Hooghly DM Mr Vinod Kumar. The state government will acquire a little more than 1,000 acres through the WBIDC for transfer to the Tatas. “The proposal reached my office last week. At the moment, the WBIDC wants only 25 per cent of the enterprise’s requirement. We will issue a land acquisition notice in the near future. Farmers whose land is to be taken will have a month’s time formally to lodge their claims and to raise objections, if any,” said Mr Kumar. The proposal will go to the land and land reforms department tomorrow, after which it is to be placed before the minister concerned for the go-ahead to be given. When it comes through, notifications will be issued. The state government has said it will have acquired land within six months of the notices being issued. In another devel-
opment, farmers led by the Trinamool Congress’ member of the legislative Assembly from Singur, Mr Robindranath Bhattacharjee, lodged protests with Mr Kumar today, alleging the state government was trying to remove them from land they owned. The farmers also submitted a memorandum to Mr Kumar, saying they would fight “with all their might” any effort to acquire land. Mr Kumar, though, said the memorandum had been submitted on behalf of the Trinamool Congress and not by any farmers’ organisation. 19-24 July: Ignoring the people's voice the Government issued 13 notices under Section 9 (1) of the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 to the affected farmers. 24 July: The Durgapur Expressway was blocked as a protest. 8 August: Mr Ratan Tata said here today that he was hopeful about Tata Motors’ proposed plans of setting up a car factory at Singur. Mr Tata was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Tata Tea’s 43rd annual general meeting. He said that everywhere in the world, land have been acquired to set up construction units and even Special Economic Zones (SEZs). So he hoped that the state government would give the land to the company. He said that Tata Motors had no intention of shifting to another place for the car factory. Meanwhile, nearly 5,000 locals who had gathered from several villages around Singur, today demonstrated in front of the Gopalnagar gram panchayat office protesting against the state government’s decision to acquire land at Singur for Tata’s small car project. 18 August: Notice issued under Section 9 (1) of the Land Acquisition Act of 1894; demonstration held by the peasants of Singur. 22 August: Some 5,000 Singur farmers today gheraoed the block development officer’s office and held up hearings on claims and objections to acquisition of land - for the Tata Motors car factory - by first disallowing officials to proceed to the camp and later boycotting the hearing when the officers did manage to get there under police escort. In Singur, farmers under the banner of Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee demonstrated in front of the BDO’s office since this morning brandishing brooms and sticks. Officials assigned to conduct the hearing were gheraoed. Later, the gherao was withdrawn and officials were permitted to enter the block office. Even as the agitation gained
momentum, a top Tata Motors executive said that the company was not looking for an alternative site for its factory. “The small car is expected to roll out from the plant at Singur by 2008,” Tata Motors deputy chief (strategic sourcing department), Mr BB Parekh told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar in the city on ‘‘Prospects of development of the auto component industry in West Bengal’’ organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce today. He said that the delay in land acquisition would not be a hindrance to meeting the 2008 deadline and expressed satisfaction with the state government for the manner in which it was handling the situation. “Nothing is lacking on the part of the West Bengal government,” he said. A huge police contingent, including Rapid Action Force personnel, deployed in front of the BDO’s office. According to a district admin-istrative official, 1010 farmers, who had protested against land acquisition were asked by the district administration to attend the hearing today. As none of them turned up, the hearing couldn’t be held. Meanwhile the leaders of SKJRC has threatened to fight against any attempts of displacing farmers from their land till last drop of blood. 28 August: Calcutta High Court today heard a writ petition challenging the proposed land acquisition at Singur for a car-manufacturing unit there. Mr Justice Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyaya directed the State to file an affidavit. The matter will be heard after the Puja vacation. The state land and land reforms minister, Mr Abdur Rezzak Mollah, today said land acquisition in Singur would be completed before the Pujas. 29-31 August: Notice issued under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act of 1894. When the authorities went to deliver final notices at BeraBeri between 29th and 31st August, the women barricaded the way and prevented the officials from pasting notices on their walls. By September 27, the land department will hand over to the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation all the 1,013 acres Tata Motors needs at Singur in Hooghly district to put up its small-car plant. Any day after that, the corporation can transfer the land to the Tatas. Abdur Rezzak Mollah’s land and land reforms department received the proposal from Tata Motors on July 21 and the process of acquisition was flagged off in two days. Mollah said the pace of acquisition was
He had earlier promised the process would be completed within three to six months. free from all encumbrances. the CPM farmers’ organisation. 2005. Moreover.” land reforms commissioner Sukumar Das said. that it would persuade the owners to hand over land willingly. The Government however. the Hooghly district administration had received around 450 consent forms from farmers voluntarily handing over land measuring 303 acres. a report on the situation of the community was drafted. 1 September: More than 100 villagers from Santoshimatola in Singur prevent officials from entering their villages to serve notice to acquire land. About 5000 people including about 2000 women workers had peacefully demons-trated at the Block Development Office at Singur against the distribution of cheques to the peasants under the banner of 5 . for which notification was issued earlier under Land Acquisition Act of 1894. 2006. in September.8 acres have been given 10 days to submit their consent to the acquisition. In the issue of People’s Democracy dated 11 September. an online petition letter addressed to the government of West Bengal and to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights was posted in the PCFS website. Farmers owning parts of these 507. West Bengal.an “all-India record”. moved according to plan and on paper acquired the land on the 20th September 2006. By the end of the day today. Prakash Karat justified the amendment to the West Bengal Land Ceiling Act by saying that it was meant to acquire 41. Few hundred persons are injured. in Kolkata too. The assembled villagers at BDO Singur were upset that their voice had not been given a platform and that the Government was unilaterally working on this project.” 4 September: An international Fact Finding Mission (FFM) was held in Singur to look into the looming eviction of farming communities as a result of the construction of Tata Corporation of a facility in the area. The events (The day the Govt decided to hand out compensations) showed that the Government would go to any extent to evict the people and hand over the land to the company officials. If the process is completed by September 27. Mr Abdur Razzak Molla today admitted: “Although a third of the land holders have given consent we have to plug all loopholes because the disgruntled lot might move court. it would have taken just two months. 25 September: Land acquired. There was a clear message from the various meetings that the Government must not forcibly evict people and must review its stand on Singur. The land department today issued notices declaring that the government would acquire six portions totalling 507. Through the month of September.8 acres “in public interest”. “All consent counters at Singur will be kept open past August 31 right up to the date of announcing compensation. September: The latest notification to the Environment Impact Assessment Act. vests the states with more power and the people with lesser scope to participate in the decision-making process.000 acres lying locked in closed industrial complexes around Kolkata. Because of protest demonstration keeping women in the forefront in Bajemelia district authorities flee—work of issuing notices is abandoned. The situation is complex at Singur. Acquisition is being rushed through in the face of protests organised by Opposition Trinamool Congress. 20 September: The West Bengal Government declared that the lands at Singur. At around 1:40 am in the night the RAF and the police attack a few thousand men-women-children who had been protesting peacefully all day. 21 September: The award was declared. The formulation and reformulation of these legislations and policies are rather exclusionary and undemocratic. The letter urges these offices to look into the planned eviction of the farming communities in Singur. the issue got raised at multiple platforms outside Singur. The ministry of rural development opened the draft of the new National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy briefly for public scrutiny in October. The government had announced publicly that cheques for compensation would be issued to the landowners of Singur whose lands have been vested in the government. Officials said the date for receiving consent forms was extended on August 28 following assurances from the local Krishak Sabha. have been vest absolutely in the Government. more than four hundred people including several women and children were brutally assaulted and about 78 activists were arrested which included 27 women. As a result of this FFM. The state land and land reforms minister. MP Mamata Bannerji and MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya.
The whole area was engulfed by darkness. particularly on the peasant women. The struggle of the people nevertheless continued in a democratic and peaceful fashion the next few months. but was not attended by the major opposition party -. To compete with states like Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh where 6 . the West Bengal government today said that about 1. Marches. public hearings got organized in Singur and Kolkata. They were joined by several organisations and eminent people like Professors from Jadavpur University. The dissenting farmers wanted the administration to carry out mutation for their land titles too." Chief Minister. "The land (for the project) is already in the possession of the state government. By the initiative of Trinamool Congress there is blockage of all roads and railway lines in the state from 11am to 12noon. Ex-chief justices of the Supreme Court judges J. Congress leaders stressed that they didn’t want the protest to come in the way of Tata’s dream — to roll out a Rs 1-lakh car from Bengal — or Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s vision of an industrialised state. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Human Rights and other social action groups. The protest was an all night one. However. Government has again declared that the physical possession of the land would be taken very soon and the same would be handed over to Tata before the end of this month. After five years. Sonia Gandhi’s Congress today sought to project itself as a responsible Opposition party in Bengal as it rolled out the welcome mat for Ratan Tata and his proposed car project in Singur. told reporters at the state secretariat here. Moreover. they were told that only if they gave their consent letters would it be carried out. a meeting of the NGO’s/ CSO’s was held on the same date protesting against the attack of the police on the peasants of Singur. 11 October: Claiming that Tata Motors has been given the "best package" for its small car project in the state. 4 October: An all party meeting by the initiative of the government was held.” Union information and broadcasting minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi said. 3 October: The people protested by refusing to cook in thousands of village houses in Singur. met the Governor and wrote to the PM and President and Central Government to not evict the people and give the TATA's alternative land. Congress leaders such as Somen Mitra. S. All the villagers in all the villages of Singur area switched off the lights in their houses in the evening as a symbol of protest. 27 September: As a sign of civil disobedience. The Committee to Assist the Struggle of Singur Peasants Against Eviction has also supported the general strike. Former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court and former Prime Minister VP Singh all urged the Government."Singur Krishi Jami Raksha Committee".Trinamool Congress boycotted. “Ratan Tata is an ideal industrialist. the Socialist Unity Centre of India and CPI (ML) Liberation called for a 12 hour bandh (protest or general strike) in Singur on 27 September.000 acre required for it was already in its possession. 28 September: Rajkumar Bhool who was injured (on 25 September) by the police atrocities at the BDO office died.” he added. He is declared as the first martyr of the Singur Agricultural Land Protection Committee. “Let’s make it clear. trade unions and all political parties other than those of the left front from all over W. tonight. rallies. N. Subrata Mukherjee and Sudip Bandopadhyay urged the government to structure an allparty initiative and “take us (the Opposition) into confidence”. Rao write letters to Ratan Tata to abandon Singur. Verma and Rajendra Babu and retired judge M. Bengal. We would like to have him here. This is to protest against the police atrocities and as a part of nonviolent peaceful movement. While rallying behind Mamata Banerjee in her bid to get Tata to relocate the project. or the Tatas’ smallcar project. Trinamool supremo Miss Mamata Banerjee announced a 24-hour “general strike”. 9 October: A 24-hour statewide bandh or general strike has been observed by various political parties to protest the eviction of the peasants. (read Bangla bandh) on 9 October in protest against land acquisition at Singur. 6211 Bandh supporters arrested. 1 October: On the day of Bijoy Doshumi night vigil is observed in the affected moujas of Singur. we have nothing against Buddhadeb Bhatta-charjee’s Industrialisation programme. senior Congress leaders shared dais with Mamata today and announced a series of protests against the police action in Singur to dislodge Trinamool Congress supporters who had laid siege to the block office in protest against land acquisition.
a pumping station in Singur’s Madhyapara was left badly damaged after a raid by ruffians. 23 October: A water-pumping station in Singur’s Kolepara village was vandalised last night by unidentified goons allegedly backed by Communist Party of India-Marxist leaders wanting to stop supply to 65 acres of farmland owned by people unwilling to cede their plots for a Tata Motors factory to come up. It seems to be a pressure tactic to force agitating farmers of Singur to give up their land for the proposed small car factory. no lights were lit in the villages of Singur on the night of Diwali. 35 km from Kolkata. The state government had issued a prohibitory order restricting farmers from using land for agricultural purposes ahead of the comm. Farmers said that goons vandalised the water pumping station at the “behest of the CPI(M)” to stop them from cultivating their land. A week earlier. It had given an end of the year deadline to the state government for the land acquisition. Industry minister. 16 October: Unidentified goons." he said. 21 October: As a protest. Mr Ranjit Mullick. Sanapara receive water from the pumping station vandalised last night. The station." he said. the departmental minister. is the sole source of water for the farmers of Kolepara.” said Mr Priyobrata Baxi. Farmers said that the goons went on the rampage in the pumping station. officer-in-charge. chief operator of the Kolepara facility. explained that land would be given to the Tatas on lease at a concessional rate. The complaint was urged by Mr Nandagopal Bhattacharjee. Bhattacharjee said the state government would not sell the land to the Tatas but lease it out to the auto major. like their common “issue-based agitation” to protest the Left Front government’s alleged “antifarmers policy” in Singur.exemption on excise duty and income tax was available as per central government policy. APDR publishes its fact-finding report on police atrocities at the BDO office and the murder of Rajkumar Bhool. The Singur police began a probe but nobody could be arrested till late tonight. The culprits are yet to be detained though an assistant engineer of the state water resources. Sanapara and villages close to Gopalnagar. damaged a water pumping station at Madhyapara in Singur last night to prevent irrigation of potato farms in the area. We are probing the case. The incident occurred 20 days ahead of commencement of potato farming. but no complaint has been lodged with us.000 crore for setting up the Rs one lakh people's car project at Singur. allegedly backed by the CPI(M). snapped its power connection and damaged parts of the water pipelines. set up 30 years ago by the state government to facilitate multi-crop farming in Beraberi and Bajemelia moujas has been the only source of water for the farmers. built by the State Minor Irrigation Corporation in 1978 for multi-crop farming. 17 October: 10 universities of the state and 130 faculty members of IIT request the governor to intervene to stop the forceful eviction of peasants in Singur. He said that the state government has entered into a package deal with the Tatas.encement of the land acquisition process in Singur. The company has announced that it would launch the car by 2008. Stating that the state government has incurred a cost of Rs 148 crore for land acquisition for the Tata project at Singur in Hooghly district. Shame Day is observed. Singur police station. The Congress today made it clear that the party’s joining hands with Miss Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress will only be “based on issues” in West Bengal. "The period of lease and rental is being worked out. 15 October: Because of police atrocities in Singur on 25 September. 18 October: More than a 1000 women from Singur protest in front of the Tata Center at Kolkata. “An incident took place near the pumping station last night. Sen said that the entire land would be handed over to the company by December. and not part of “any blind poll alliance”. paddy and jute in Bajemelia and Beraberi moujas which have been earmarked for the small car project. The pumping station used to provide water for farming potato. investigation and development department lodged a complaint with Hooghly police last week. Kolepara. Nirupam Sen. Gopalnagar. Tata Motors would spend Rs 1. The pumping station. Later. "we have given the best package to the Tatas. But villagers who opposed land acquisition flouted the order and continued with farming." "The lease may be for 99 years. said: “More than 65 acres in Gopalnagar. 12 October: A deputation of the Sanhati Udyog is sent to the Hoogly District Magistrate. It has three 7 .
31 October: Country's leading car manufacturer Tata Motors today said it would roll out its Rs 1 lakh car in the second half of 2008. said CPI(M) workers have no right to call themselves Marxists because they have been “systematically hoodwinking people. ‘‘the group’s decision to choose Singur for its small-car project will be a boon for the manufacturing industry. by Dhud Kumar Dhara. Mrs Mahasweta Devi. The process of land acquisition in South 24-Parganas has been kicked off with the urban development department sending a proposal to the district administration for construction of district headquarters at Baruipur. the CPM mouthpiece. a member of the gram panchayat. A Public meeting was organized by SUCI in Singur. They snapped the power link and stole transmission cables worth a few lakh of rupees. 2006. which was chaired by Medha Patkar and had Mahashweta Devi. Tata Motors Managing Director Ravi Kant today said. Armed policemen have been posted in the village squares and the markets to keep watch on the villagers' movements. The initial proposal for acquisition of 498 acres of land was sent a week ago. 5 November: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday asked the Tatas to shift their proposed small car project from farmland in West Bengal's Singur and gave a 12-day ultimatum to the state government to announce that industries would not be set up on agricultural land. Public Hearings organized. of which Tata Motors would use more than 60 per cent and the rest by ancillary companies. the CPM is asking people of West Bengal to welcome the Tata Motors’ small-car project in Singur. The theft came to my notice around 8 am today when I found the door open. 27 October: Social activist Ms Medha Patkar today warned the state government of a law and order breakdown in Singur if force was exerted to acquire farm land while the well-known litterateur and social activist. The land earmarked for district 8 . from its proposed plant at Singur in West Bengal. Kant said that the company has sought for 970 acres of land.” They were addressing a rally organised by Singur Krishi Jami Raksha Committee at Bajemelia hospital ground this afternoon. It is required under the 74th Amendment of the Constitution and must happen. 30 October: In a balancing act in the midst of controversy over proposed acquisition of land for the Tatas’ car project. However. without specifying any timeframe. Justice Malay Sengupta and Dipankar Sengupta as members. Regarding the consent of the people. were creative and democratic ways of giving a platform to the voices challenging the acquisition. as reported to a panel for public hearing on October 27. Plainclothes police informers have been openly moving around in the villages gathering information about resistance plans. former chief minister Jyoti Basu on Monday sounded a note of caution for acquiring multicrop land by the Left Front government in West Bengal for setting up industries. Speaking to reporters after announcing the company's second quarter results of the current fiscal.rooms and the criminals broke into the one with a transformer in it. the latter will pay the cost of land acquisition in Baruipur to KMDA for the construction of the district headquarters. This is the first proposal for land acquisition to be submitted in the district where huge acquisitions are on the anvil for shifting the district headquarters to Baruipur from Alipore and for various projects of the Salim group including two townships. and attract more investments to the state’’. notes the editorial in Ganashakti. 3 November: Citizens’Convention by the Citizen’s Mancha in Kolkata. 7 November: West Bengal government started deploying huge contingents of armed police and the Rapid Action Force and setting up camps at several places in the area. It is clear that no project details were provided to the gram panchayat nor was its consent sought. Ten complaints are filed against the government. even at this late stage. the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjeegovernment expressed determin-ation to go ahead with the project. However. While the Tata Group has many interests in West Bengal. all the nine meetings held were with party representatives and panchayat members but not with any gram sabha or with the project affected. the company would start manufacturing the cars at its proposed plant "well before that". According to the agreement between the state govern-ment and the Salim group.” 26 October: Hailing Tata Steel’s takeover of Corus as an example of the Tatas’ reputation as a world-class manufacturer.
The bandh also ensured that the US ambassador. carrying party flags. have criticised the government’s “anti-peasant role” and pledged to extend moral support to the “struggling farmers”. in which one person was killed and some passengers were injured when bandh supporters threw stones at vehicles. objections had been filed. when section 144 was clamped on the area. blocked roads and railways and disrupted traffic movement while protesting against the alleged assault on their party leader Ms Mamata Banerjee who had been barred by police from proceeding to Singur today. placards and shouting slogans. Police arrested whoever boarded down from the train or moving towards Singur. ultimately commenced around 3:30 p.. 26 November: A section of villagers in Singur has started preparing to resist the Hooghly district administration’s physical occupation of acquired land today. West Bengal Industrial Devel-opment Corporation officials have collected consent letters from 30 landowners during the day after visiting Gopalnagar village. Around 6. They also organised sit-ins before the police pickets. accusing them of “terrorising” villagers under the “influence of CPI(M) leaders” to stop them from sowing potatoes. Mamata would lead an agitation in Singur on Sunday to sow potatoes. Farmers allege lack of consent on their part. Meanwhile. The dandi march. cancelling his engagements. Officials in the industry department said the Tatas are likely to take possession of land in five days’ time.m. Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said in Midnapore that the incidents over Singur would not send any wrong signals to investors. Khaserveri and Joymollah villages. The district authorities have made a strong police bandobast. joint conveners of the forum. The government has prohibited all assemblies in the Singur area. District magistrate Mr Vinod Kumar said police posts 9 . Director of Industries Mr MV Rao said it would be completed in three days. including the Kolkata-Dhaka bus on NH 34. Trinamool activists torched buses. A large number of teachers. the state government began fencing off the land acquired for setting up the Tata small car factory at Singur. More than 7. People returning home from offices had a harrowing time as the party workers protested against the acquisition of cultivable land by the state government in Singur for industrial purposes. They are also controlling the movement of vehicles on the Durgapur Expressway in view of Mamata’s threat to sow potato seeds on the plots. fencing work began at Singur amid protests. Mr David Mulford. 30 November: State violence began to be orchestrated once again from 30th November. In 50 cases. the district authorities have thrown a strong security cover in Singur by deploying more than 800 policemen at five “strategic points” while they fence 997 acres. Supporters of political outfits like CPI(ML). the administration had issued cheques to owners whose claims were doubtful. which was scheduled to start at 1:30 p. Anticipating trouble from agitating farmers. 1 December: The Trinamool sponsored 12-hour Bangla bandh today witnessed sporadic violence. took an early flight out of the city. under the banner of Teachers and Scientists against Maldevelopment. 19 November: Farmers opposing land acquisition in Singur today took out a rally against deployment of policemen in five camps.headquarters is spread over five mouzas including Jagadishpur. from near the Mahatma Gandhi statue on Mayo Road. Tarun Kanti Naskar and Abhee Dutta Majumdar. Meanwhile. SUCI and CPI(ML) New Democracy and members of Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) also attended. also joined in the sit-in demonstration. Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee said. 17 November: Traffic virtually came to a stand still on Central Avenue in the afternoon as thousands of lathi-wielding Trinamool Congress activists marched along the road. Chagalveri. The procession ended at Khaserveri where SCJRC’s convener Mr Becharam Manna addressed the gathering. 25 November: Teachers of various universities and premier academic institutes staged a protest in Kolkata against the acquisition of multi-crop agricultural land for industrialisation.000 farmers including 800 women took out a procession from Bajemelia hospital grounds under the banner of Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (SKJRC) this evening demanding “immediate withdrawal” of police from Bajemelia. In some cases.000 additional policemen would be deployed. While Miss Mamata Banerjee descryibed yesterday’s ransacking of the Assembly as “most unfortunate” the Left Front today demanded “exemplary punishment” for the Trinamool legislators involved in the incident.m.
150. Act. When the government officials started putting the fence on 2nd November 2006 at about 10 AM.had been set up at Joymolla village within the project site. the local villagers resisted. According to the fact finding report of the MASUM report dated 2. Singh.12. who had set forth from the city by local train with two others. 25 km away from Singur and arrested along with state party president Sukumar Banerjee and secretary Rahul Sinha under section 151 Cr PC. the state government had deployed more than 5000 police contingent and Rapid Action Force (RAF). threw a cordon and took her forcibly to Dankuni. The police also tore clothes of women and verbally hurled sexual abuses at them. The government had already promulgated the prohibitory order u/s 144 of Cr. 12 years old and a student of class-V in Naraharipara Primary School and Soma Dhara daughter of Sanyasi Dhara of same village. A number of people got severe injuries due to police brutality. Do Bandi. Act 4 December: The WB government claimed that 920 acres of land has been voluntarily handed over by the landowners. where fencing work at the Tata Motors small car project site continued amid strong police presence. Deepali Moitra said that she was dragged by her hair from under a bed in Kasherberi where she was hiding. Patkar. Bera Beri. by autorickshaw when policemen stopped her. a minor were also arrested. had disembarked at Sheoraphuli station on Howrah-Bandel section and had reached Purushottampur. Ashok Patra of village Khaserbheri. Severe police force was used against them.B. The police entered the houses and ventured into the rooftop and beat up unarmed peaceful people with batons causing bloodsheds.2006. Verbal sexual abuse was used against the women.P. and at least one young woman.O. 38 persons were arrested and among them 4 were admitted to government hospital. including the fact finding reports on the violence of the 2nd brought out by Manavadhikar Surakhsa Manch (MASUM) and that of Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samiti. In the Case No. The villagers told us that the police entered the adjoining villages and mercilessly beat and physically assaulted the villagers indiscriminately showing no respect to the women. Medha Patkar who went in solidarity was not allowed to enter the affected villages by the officials and her citizen rights of movement in the area was curtailed. 2 December: A memorandum seeking to stop this “persecution” would be given to the governor and if it continues a three-day long bandh would be called as the last resort. ten people were injured and one police personnel also received injury.P. who arrived in Kolkata on Monday. according to police version.C on the 30th November itself in Singur. Mr. Hooghly police superintendent Supratim Sarkar said. 151. 10 km away from Singur. According to eye-witnesses in the various villages of Khaserbheri. was stopped by police at Maitipara on Durgapur Expressway. several people were injured and more than 60 people were arrested. Mr Subrata Mukherjee. Priya Brata Baxi. People of Khaserbheri. They were freed on bail immediately.E. old people and children. She is being kept at the CIL guest house at Dankuni. Jhuma Patra. Social activist Medha Patkar and Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh were on Monday detained along with other top BJP leaders from West Bengal on their way to Singur. Several women told us that the police not only beat up people at the project site. Bera Beri and Gopalnagar gathered to resist the fencing off of the proposed project land. 10 . In case no. The Chandan Nagar Police Station filed case nos 150 & 151 dated 2. senior Congress leader and a spokesman of the Krishi Jami Bachao Committee said in a Press conference today.12. This is the third time that Patkar has been prevented by the police from reaching Singur in less than a week. The police initiated the case under sections 147/148/149/186/188/447/332/333/353/325/307 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) & 9(b) (2) of Indian Explosive Act (I. This case was registered under sections 147/148/149/188/323/353/307 of IPC and 9(b) (2) of I. but chased them into their villages and dragged them out of their houses and beat them. daughter of Mr. Act) with 9 W. It was in this exchange that violence broke out and police force and RAF resorted to widespread lathicharge and firing tear-gas shells and rubber bullets.M.2006 the police arrested more than 60 people comprising of 18 women and children. In both the cases the complainant was Officer-inCharge of Singur Police Station. The people were already there since 6 AM and when the officials who under police protection were fencing the area came face to face with them they resisted the take over as it was their last effort to save the land.E. Among them.
The state government had claimed that it had received letters of consent from owners of 935 acres of land .91 acres of land. 5 December: In spite of prohibitory orders people continued to protest in the affected villages. Mr Shankar Jana. BJP chief Mr Rajnath Singh was detained on his way to Singur and released at Dankuni.earmarked for the Tatas’ small car factory in Singur. In spite of the terror unleashed in the area. The Singur issue rocked Parliament also. A habeas corpus application moved in Calcutta High Court today complained that Ms Patkar had been illegally detained. including five elderly women.4 December: The Singur agitation intensified today with Miss Mamata Banerjee going on an indefinite hunger-strike and declaring her moral support to tomorrow’s SUCIsponsored bandh. however. a cheque recipient announced in the press conference that he was ready to return his cheque and wants his land back. 25 km from the project site. The Trinamool supremo apologised for the inconvenience caused by bandhs. people have started peaceably defying Section 144. joint convener of the SKJRC as well as member of the Suci’s Hooghly district committee said: “Owners of 344. 8 December: People spontaneously shut down shops and took out a procession of about 500 people when the police forcibly took away Rabindra Bhattacharya. “You get lost”. The Speaker has decided to refer a motion against Miss Banerjee for the Assembly ransacking to the privilege committee of Parliament. 6 December: The police stopped thousands of protesters today from storming the site of a proposed Tata factory in West Bengal. The SKJRC has prepared a list of farmers unwilling to let go of their land. “come what may”. The members of the Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (SKJRC) today countered the state government’s claim saying that the state government was yet to receive consent from owners of nearly 344. Fifteen farmers. Miss Banerjee declared that her party would block roads all over the state for two hours from 12 noon on 6 December and march to Singur on 7 December. On his all-party talks offer. The Assembly Speaker today accepted a privilege motion against 21 Trinamool MLAs and declared that salary and other facilities of 29 Trinamool MLAs would be suspended till the PWD submitted a report on the total loss of public property. Miss Banerjee began the hunger-strike at Esplanade in central Kolkata after the state government had rejected her demand for stopping fencing work at Singur and withdrawal of police forces from the area. Activist Ms Medha Patkar was turned back on her way to Singur for the second time in four days. the local MLA and 4 others from the Bajemelliya Santoshimatala hunger strike camp. 10 December: The Singur Krishi Jami Raksha Committee had a press conference in Beraberia Purba para and presented signed letters from farmers where the farmers declared that "We Have Not And Will Not Give Our Land To Tata Motors". Meanwhile. But there is no alternative’’. The list was produced before mediapersons today and would soon be submitted to the district magistrate. “We are not in favour of bandhs. The Tatas would be handed over land this month.” The farmers claimed that the government was yet to get letters of consent 11 . clarified there was no scope for any further discussion on the “core issue”. In both BeraBeri and Khaserbheri people were sitting on indefinite fasts. The chief minister told the Assembly that fencing work was on and would end soon. He later shared the dais with Miss Banerjee. Left Front chairman Mr Biman Bose said the government would oppose tomorrow’s strike. was seen accompanying her mother on stage. A two-year old. He also said that the company did not want any other plot than the Singur one. was her final message to Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. 14 women have launched a fast-unto-death near Beraberi Purbapara in Singur today in protest against alleged “police excesses” on last Saturday and the state government’s “false claims”. Shanti Ram Ghosh of Beraberi Mandirtala.91 acres of land have declined to give up their land and only Rs 67 crore has been disbursed so far by way of compensation to farmers. he said. The Opposition walked out in protest against the decision. Asked about an upward revision of the compensation package for farmers. 7 December: Rajya Sabha mp Nilotpal Basu told a delegation that the Tatas had been shown five different plots for the car project. The total compensation package stands at Rs 140 crore. he said only the Congress had responded positively to it. Mr Bhattacharjee sounded positive. The chief minister. Koel Das. began a fast-unto-death at Singur today in protest against police excesses and land acquisition.
Supratim Sarkar. adding a new dimension of corporate intrigue to the existing political issue. An FIR no 156/ 18 December. He exhorted CPI(M)’s SFI--students arm to “expose such persons”. Tapasi Malik was found burning in the fenced area. 28 December: After 25 days of persistently refusing to end fasting. According to a fact finding team of the Kolkata women’s groups that went immediately to the area the murder with a possibility of rape could have been the act of the 195 security guards deployed by the WBIDC and police deployed to guard the acquired area. The micreants involved in the matter fled from the spot. had dinner and then slept. 97. "over 950 acres has the voluntary consent of the owners who have already collected their compensation. He said that the “murders” had been committed clearly “not for gain” as no valuables or household goods had been found missing from the victims’ residence. Mr Gupta said the two bodies had been sent for autopsy. Police said some locals spotted the inert bodies of Tinkari Dey (55) and his wife Maya (50) on the floor of their bedroom around 11. “The cause of death will be known only after we get the reports. Mr Arun Gupta. It seemed a clear case of murder.from owners of 55. In an interview to a private television channel. 2006 was lodged under sections 302 and 201 of the IPC. told reporters that letters from President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.10 acres land in Kolaypara and Singherveri.97 acres land in Duluigacha did not agree to give up land till today. the body of a young activist of the Singur Krishi Jami Raksha Samity. Some hair and other articles were found near her body. IG (Western range) said. an electrical cord was found cutting into each neck. She was about to be buried and fire was set on her body to destroy the evidence of crime.43 acres land in Gopalnagar and 0. The villagers intervened in such situation as fire and bad smell attracted them.69 acres land in Purbapara. The girl was reportedly raped and murdered by miscreants who were present within the guarded area.26 acres land in Beraberi mouja and that owners of 33. who had parted with their land for the proposed Tata Motors small car factory at Singur. 3. 16. Hooghly. The comment comes a day after Ratan Tata accused “some…competitors” of fuelling the fire. The victim had entered into the fencing for nature's call. CPI(M) in Peoples’ Democracy stated. Tata had expressed the determination to see through the project that will turn out cars costing Rs 1 lakh at the site some 40 km from Calcutta.47 acres land in Khaserveri. While both bodies bore marks of injury.68 acres land in Joymollah.m.98 acres land in Beraberi Bazar and Malapara. 63. 28 December: an elderly couple. Police did not find any suicide note. It was after a lot of protest by the Krishi Jami Rakhsha Samiti and others in Kolkata that the investigation has been handed over to the CBI. 57. Superintendent of Police of Hooghly swung into action to cover up the crime. 16. We have certain leads and are 12 . Therafter. The body of the girl was brought to Serampore Walsh Hospital for post mortem examination where the attending doctors refused to conduct post mortem.m. He said preliminary investigation suggested that it was not a case of suicide but added that police were yet to establish the motive. then the body was referred to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Mr. were found dead in their house in mysterious circumstances at Doluigacha near Ghoshpara in Singur this morning. 18 December: At about 6 a.30 a. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and former Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee had persuaded her to take the decision. According to the family she had probably gone to the fields in the morning for toilet purposes when she may have been attacked. who had complained of a blurring vision earlier in the day. Tapasi had on the previous day worked hard to mobilize the children and had gone home. today. The MP. Trinamool Congress chief Miss Mamata Banerjee called off the hunger strike today. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said the state government had “specific” information that the rivals of the Tatas were encouraging trouble over the car factory project in Singur. In Japaiguri. SP of Hooghly rushed to the place of occurrence with a huge contingent of police force and called father of the victim." 11 December: West Bengal Left Front chairman and CPI(M) politburo member Biman Bose on Monday alleged that there were high-profile outsiders in the garb of social activists who were being funded by overseas agencies to disrupt economic development in parts of India. Manoranjan Malik and forced him to sign on a paper.37 acres land in Ujjwal Sangha area.
Mr Chattopadhyay said earlier the state government in their status report stated pre-award consent status rayati consent. has been badly hit owing to the non-availability of irrigation water. the state government announced that owners of 658 acres of land in Singur of total 997 acres acquired for Tata Motors small car project had accepted compensation. Sumit Sarkar visited Singur. said that the chief minister in his letter to Miss Mamata Banerjee on 20 December stated that the total amount of compensation to be paid is Rs 131. factory consent 38 acre and vested land 34 acre which amounts to 620 acre. They had parted with their land and had collected a cheque for Rs 4. The relatively tame end to her hunger strike seems to have disappointed the ragbag of political friends — ranging from Naxalites through communal elements to free-floating and freelancing NGOs and individuals — who have rallied to her Singur cause to target the organised Left in a year it has scored major electoral victories. 2007 1 January: Mamata Banerjee's decision to end her `indefinite' fast on the Singur issue after 25 days of high-wire theatrics brought considerable relief to West Bengal and beyond. state industry and commerce secretary said. today pointed out discrepancies in the status report that was published by the state government on 22 December and 2 January and have given a 72. agriculture in almost 743 acres of land in Bajemelia. He said in earlier status report stated so far Rs 85 crore was spent as compensation but yesterday Mr Sen said that Rs 83 crore was disbursed so far. the state government had already acquired 954 acre of land with the consent of the farmers. The three panchayats are Gopalnagar.49 crore. said. Yesterday. leader of the Opposition. Tinkari and Maya used to live alone and their three sons are settled in Delhi.working on them. 2006" had spread the blatant lie of 96%. The status report which was published on that day also quoted the same figure. the chief minister stated that of the 997 acres of land needed for the project. Singherveri. As on December 31st . till 31 December 2006. Mr Partha Chattopadhyay. They owned nearly 20 cottahs of land at Singerbheri -. 15 January: An official of Tata Motors was manhandled and his car damaged by a mob at Singur in Hooghly today. Mr Chatterjee said that the government is making such “dubious” statements in order to baffle the people.584 acre.a part of the farmland earmarked for the Tatas’ small car factory project area. Beraberi and Kamarkundu-Gopalnagar-Doluigacha (KGD). the total compensation package is about Rs 131 crore. According to reports. They manhan- 13 . Now they have rolled back the whole story (STATUS REPORT ON SINGUR) from their website without any explanation. Listing the discrepancies. A fourmember team. The villagers gheraoed them. West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation and a private firm had gone to the Gopalnagar panchayat office around 12 noon to hand over railway tickets to villagers. 31 December: The West Bengal Government earlier in its "STATUS REPORT ON SINGUR. Five police personnel escorting the officials tried to pacify the mob. There are three deep tube-wells and 27 mini tubewells in the area. 7 January: Farmers of Singur alleged that the government has stopped releasing water from 30 deep and the mini tube-wells which fall inside the fenced-off area. As the officials were returning. The same status report stated 332 acre was awaiting for post award consent. As a result.hour ultimatum to the state government to publish the list of farmers who have given their consent for land acquisition. Beraberi and Gopalnagar. Mr SB Suryakanta.” the IG said. Earlier. A group led by Dr. Police have questioned a few locals but no arrests have been made. But. Mr Sabyasachi Sen. which supply irrigation water to almost 1600 acres of agricultural land. they were intercepted by nearly 70 villagers at Sahanapara crossing off Durgapur Expressway. yesterday. 3 January: Trinamool Congress leadership and members of Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (SKJRC). A senior member of SKJRC said that even the industry and commerce minister in an interview to a private channel. the total compensation payable for the acquired land in Singur is Rs 119 crore. Khaserveri. in his second letter. including officials of the Community Development Programme of Tata Motors. The villagers identified the community development officer of the company. Tata Motors is supposed to take a team of 24 panchayat members from three panchayats to Jamshedpur to show them the community development programme of the Tatas.22 lakh from the Singur BDO office.
" the release said. The aggrieved leaders also raised slogans and burnt the effigies of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Ratan Tata. This has triggered a violent face-off between the government and farmers led by civil society groups and parties like Trinamool Congress. but not over the plot whose owners claim they have not given up their land yet. Additional police forces reached the spot and rescued the officials. These farmers live in Bajemelia. His body was found lying on railway tracks near Chandanpur in Burdwan-Howrah chord section. "The Tata Motors plant operation is expected to create employment in excess of 10. In the afternoon. Policemen. Singur. had also been extended for an indefinite period. the Trinamool Congress Mahila Samiti today held demonstrations in front of the Tata Industries' headquarters at Chowringhee. 21 January: Initial phases of construction work for the Tata Motors' ambitious Rs 1. Mr Paresh Pal and Mr Dilip Yadav entered Sahanapara village on two motorcycles and mobilised more than 100 farmers to organise the raid. The demonstrators blackened the Tata Centre building with tar. six villagers led by Mr Becharam Manna. The CPI(M) cadres in the areas have also been asked to organise round-the-clock vigil at the site. but without detailing the exact nature of the first step. barged into the project area to destroy a platform on which Tata Motors had organised a puja. The order under Section 144 CrPC. Later.dled him and damaged his gypsy van. Meanwhile. a ' bhumi puja'. when Trinamool leaders were addressing a rally at Kapasaria crossing off Durgapur Expressway near Singur. Carrying placards and broom sticks.m. He reiterated that adequate protection would be given to Tata Motors during the construction period and afterwards till normalcy was restored. The Tata communication came a day after the West Bengal government extended prohibitory orders banning the assembly of four or more people in Singur till Jan 28 midnight following reports that more protests could be organised over the takeover of fertile farmland for the small car project. The Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee today complained that the much awaited list of consent award put out on the government’s website contains names of 100 farmers whose land is outside the Tata small car project area. the Chief Minister assured Tata Motors officials that things at Singur would get normal. more than 100 farmers gathered and entered inside the fencing. Kolkata.000 direct and indirect jobs. The Singur OC said no complaint had been lodged. The incident occurred around 2 p. They were chased away by a police contingent led by ASP (HQ) Mr Asit Pal. couldn’t identify them. the West Bengal government said today. Singerbheri and Gopalnagar moujas. took full responsibility of the incident. about 40 km from here in Hooghly district. Beraberi. it said. Trinamool leaders including Mr Sanjoy Baxi. Even as Singur remained tense with a Tata official heckled by protestors recently. they blocked the main thoroughfares. Describing yesterday’s incident at Singur as a minor event. was performed at the site. The civil construction for the plant is being initiated by Tata Motors. disrupting traffic. a Hindu ritual prior to starting any project. Trinamool threatened to call a 72-hour strike in the state if supremo Miss Mamata Banerjee is not allowed to visit Singur. kicking off 14 .‘ At the rally. Singur Krishi Jami Raksha Committee convener Mr Becharam Manna. A picket has been posted. 22 January: A 1000-member security squad was engaged last night for guarding Tata Motors plant site at Singur in the wake of yesterday’s protest during “bhoomi pujan”. a statement from the company said that it had begun construction work on Sunday. has been chosen by Tata for its small car project over 997 acres of land. uncle of slain Krishi Jami Raksha Committee leader Tapasi Malik. 23 February: Villagers at Bajemelia and Khaserveri in Singur early today partially set ablaze a fence around a plot where a Tata Motors factory would come up.000 crore small car project began with a bhoomi puja at Singur in Hoogly district. 19 January: Tension gripped Singur this afternoon when GRP found the body of Astu Malik (48). Reports from Singur said that with over 500 policemen present. which was reimposed on Singur and adjoining areas. 16 January: Villagers of Sahanapara in Singur uprooted nearly 30 pillars of the fence and forced their way into the area earmarked for the proposed small car project of Tata Motor this afternoon at the site where the manhandling incident took place yesterday. convener of the Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee. posted at Sahanapara crossing off the Durgapur Expressway.
It hints at an an armed struggle by the displaced farmers against the state government and Tata Motors. He claimed the destruction of 50 wooden poles today though the police pegged the number at 20. It was reported that villagers from Gopalnagar. Trinamool Congress supporters blocked National Highway 2 and 6 at Dankuni. He said protestors armed with bamboo poles had gathered at four points in the district in the afternoon to kickstart the days’ agitation against acquisition of fertile farmland for the Tata Motors’ project. A police team later raided two clubs in adjoining Bajemelia in search of the culprits but did not arrest anyone. where police had set up a barricade to prevent the protestors from going to Singur. when the Tata Motors authorities performed bhoomi puja (Land worshipping). The incidents occurred at four points . Mr Kanojia said police also used water cannons and burst tear-gas shells to disperse the volatile crowd. Bajemelia. including 11 policemen. 24 January: Intellectuals. About 200 villagers at Bajemelia mouja made their way to the fenced area and uprooted the wooden poles and set them ablaze. They also squatted on railway tracks at Kamarkundu and Madhusudanpur. “This is a wanton misuse of state power to curb the democratic movement and help a particular 15 . A Tata Motors godown at Joypur was attacked by protestors. the mob had gathered around the fence at Bajemelia Dakshinpara before setting the poles on fire without being noticed by the policemen. Trinamool activists were stopped far away from Singur at places where prohibitory orders have not been enforced. Nalikul.30 am. Police arrived about half an hour later and doused the flames. The Trinamool Congress claimed 15 to 17 of their supporters sustained injuries in “unprovoked” police lathicharge. The police gave chase but could not catch anybody. At Maitipara. Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Mr Raj Konojia said in Kolkata that police had to lathicharge the agitators who resorted to stone-throwing against security forces at Dankuni. The SKJRC linked the incidents with an anti-land acquisition agitation by displaced farmers in the area but the Trinamool Congress sought to distance itself from what hadhappened. police who were busy keeping “the outsiders” from entering Singur. This is the third time that villagers have set fire to the fence posts since January 21. about one km from Singur. “I was told villagers had tried to set some wooden poles on fire but no damage was done to the platform where the puja was held. were injured in clashes between Trinamool Congress activists and police during a TC-led farmers’ march to prohibitory order-bound Singur where construction work by the Tatas on a car plant entered the fifth day today.” he said. a group of villagers wrapped jute bags soaked in kerosene around 10 wooden posts and set them on fire at Beraberi.Maitipara near Dankuni toll plaza. Mr Manna said: “This is only the beginning. Miss Mamata Banerjee has convened a meeting of the Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (SKRJC) at her residence tomorrow. Mr Kanojia said “I cannot give this figure as we have not made any arrests”. industries secretary Sabyasachi Sen and other officers. Later. about 50 km from Calcutta. academicians and students today joined the protests against the state government’s policy of land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram with a sit-in demonstration at Esplanade. A senior district-level police officer said. Condemning the police action. Chandernagore’s subdivisional police officer. 28 January: Over 40 people. The police noticed the flames half an hour later and rushed to the place to extinguish the fire. Ghoshpara not only uprooted the poles but also set them ablaze. eight km from Singur.construction work. Some of the injured were admitted to Walsh hospital and the rest were brought to a private hospital at Dankuni. police chased away a group of TC activists when they tried to break the cordon. “Though prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC have been imposed only in Singur police station area. rushed to the spot and started beating up some locals. Baidyabati and Mahaeswarpur en route Singur. Asked how many TC supporters were injured. “Eleven policemen were injured in the clashes and four of them had to be taken to the hospital for first aid. Around 5. chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reviewed the situation with chief secretary Amit Kiran Deb.”. An hour later. 25 January: Farmers opposed to land acquisition in Singur twice set fire to fence posts at the Tata car plant site early this morning. a group of women came to the site and set fire to the posts again.” said Mr Kalyan Mukherjee. senior Trinamool MLA Mr Sougata Roy said in Kolkata “this is an example how far the Left Front government can go to act as an agent of the Tatas. around 3 am. In Calcutta.
The police started beating protestors with their lathis and women were pulled by their hairs and abusive language was used by them. a large number of police bodily resisted them and resisted them to approach the fence.30 AM to lodge their protest and shouted slogans. Train services on the chord line were disrupted for nearly three hours. a former Trinamool MP.00 pm. and his driver. Policemen immediately launched into action firing teargas shells to drive away the disruptors. "As far as the specific violent incidents related to Nandigram is concerned there has been no notice issued for land acquisition" 4 February: Nearly 150 villagers of Beraberi and adjoining villages under Singur Police Station assembled near the fences erected by the administration as acquired for Tata motors. which was shown and heard by the audio. When the protestors supposed to assemble adjoining the fence at about 10. P. Two bodies found on the outskirts of Singur on Tuesday (6 February) have been identified as those of Jyoti Prakash Biswas. the banana leaves which the agitators threw on the over head wires took time to be removed. Tata was accompanied by R K Krishna Kumar.” A spokesman of the Eastern Railway said that several people blocked the railway tracks near Kamarkundu station on the Howrah-Burdwan chord line around 4. Anuradha Talwar of Right to Food Network has been arrested.” 14 February: Mr Justice Jayanta Biswas of Calcutta High Court today held that the 16 . 9 January: CPI(M) said in People’s Democracy. His driver Kanchan Das. The protest was a peaceful one and led by Krishi Jami Rakha Committee. Krishi Jomi supporters tried to set a portion of a fence on fire before police chased them away. After a marathon meet (lasting over two and half hours) with Bhattacharya and state Commerce and Industry Minister Nirupam Sen. was found dead at Bora. director of Tata Sons. Later. 5 February: Prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC was reimposed at the Tata Motors small car project site in Singur following fresh violence in the area. 37. Around 100 people of the committee entered the fenced off area at Bajemelia in Singur bloc early on Wednesday morning to uproot the posts. Ratan Tata said given the pace of work at Singur. A huge police force has been deployed at Chanditola. roughly 10 km from Singur. an engineering diploma holder who worked for a company that provided earth-moving equipment. Tata and the chief minister fielded questions from the media. He was also allegedly asked by the agitators to address a meeting explaining his party’s “bonhomie” with CPI(M) at the national level. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Kalyan Mukherjee said adding. even as Tata group chief Ratan Tata flew into Kolkata late today evening for a meeting with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya at an outof-the-way office of the state government. Mr Bandopadhyay. in view of Wednesday's scheduled march to Singur by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind opposing the land takeover for setting up industry. claimed that when he was returning to the city after presiding over a community marriage ceremony at Tarakeswar. he was accosted by TC activists at Nalikul in Hooghly district where the demonstrators had assembled for the party’s march to Singur. 9 February: Farmers spearheading the movement against land acquisition in Singur dug up a stretch of the Bajemelia-Beraberi road in an attempt to prevent police from entering the village today. Hooghly police chief Supratim Sarkar said: “There is no connection between the deaths and the Singur situation. though on that time the area was not under 144 Cr. 32. police fired 14 teargas shells.visual medium. was allegedly gheraoed today by the agitating Trinamool activists. was found at Dadpur. Even though they were dispersed by the police within one hour. he was confident the small car would be rolled out by 2008. The activists allegedly abused Bandopadhyay and refused to let his car pass and he had to turn back and take a detour to the city. Congress leader Mr Sudip Bandopadhyay. Biswas. Then number of protestors including Ms. 7 February: Police today fired teargas shells to chase away activists of Trinamool Congress-led Krishi Jami Raksha Committee (Save Farmland Committee) who entered the fenced off area at the Tata Motors small car project site and uprooted 14 fencing posts. No arrest has been made in this connection.C. close to the place where Mamata Banerjee will address a rally tomorrow.industrialist. The police charged tear gas shells and their aim was absolutely toward the village and due to that one hutment of a villager caught fire and turned into ashes. Police suspect they were strangled to death and dumped in roadside bushes. over 20 km away. off Durgapur Expressway.
Calcutta High Court today quashed the prohibitory order issued under Section 144 CrPC at Singur on 4 February and observed that it was an abuse of power and an act of executive highhandedness unreasonably restricting the petitioners’ right guaranteed by the Constitution.m. Trouble began around 11. when more than 2. The acting chief justice asked state advocate-general Balai Ray whether the state government could acquire land for a single project under two different sections of the same Land Acquisition Act. 25 February: Trouble broke out at Beraberi Purbapara in Singur today after agitating farmers forced their way into the fenced off plot belonging to Tata Motors in a desperate bid to reoccupy land that the government has “forcibly” acquired in a bid to set up a car factory. 1894. While the government has said only around 30 acres out of the 997-odd were acquired without the owners’ consent. 23 February: Within a fortnight of pulling up the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government for "abusing power" by imposing Section 144 in Singur. The court held that this abuse of power had been prompted by extraneous considerations. including a few hundred women. convener. Mr Becharam Manna. The firm had purchased a 4. Shortly after the attempt to demolish the fence was thwarted by police.” she said tonight. The order was in force for 60 days from November 30 and was extended twice till the midnight of February 14. prompting adminis-tration to deploy additional police forces and RAF in the area. The HC questionnaire wants the state to clarify whether all the owners of a land-holding in Singur have put their signatures on the consent agreement that the state has been flaunting all these days.000 farmers from Beraberi. today.30 a. Chandernagore. Acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya asked the government to file an affidavit within April 13 furnishing all the details justifying the legality of the acquisition. farmers staged a sit-in nearby. Police. Construction work of the boundary wall of the plot was badly affected. the petitioner complained the collector of the land acquisition department had acquired the company’s land by issuing a notification on 21 July last year.procedure adopted by the government for land acquisition at Singherveri under Singur police station for the Tata small car factory was proper. 5 km from the Tata Motors plot and 50 km from Calcutta. It was learnt that social activist Miss Medha Pateker will visit Singur on the same day. In spite of this. It would be the first Opposition rally in Singur in over two months. 16 February: Mamata Banerjee is returning to Singur tomorrow with the demand that work on the Tata project be stopped and the “forcibly acquired” land given back. It had constructed a factory and obtained clearance from statutory bodies including the Pollution Control Board. Mamata has been insisting that over 450 acres were forcibly taken away. valid and in accordance with law. the industries minister. SDPO. Two members of the Krishi Jami Bachao Committee protesting against the acquisition of agricultural lands at Singur for the Tata small car project had filed writ petitions in the HC. We are keeping a watch on the situation. SKJRC. “My demands remain the same. said that the protest will continue till tomorrow. Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (SKJRC) members alleged that farmers were “dragged by the collar” and “policemen passed lewd comments” at women who participated in the agitation. The chief minister.28-acre plot at Singherveri in 2004 for Rs 45 lakh. Trinamool Congress MLAs vandalised the Assembly in protest. Mr Justice Biswas dismissed the writ petition of Sri Padmasagar Export Company which had challenged the acquisition of its land. It was a pre-determined and pre-judged act. Mamata will address a rally near Kamarkundu station. Calcutta High Court today posed some tough legal questions to the state on the process of land acquisition there. “No one has been arrested. marched down to the 17 .” Mr Kalyan Mukherjee. however denied the charge. Mr Justice Dipankar Datta passed this order on a writ petition moved by Mr Kalyan Bandopadhyaya challenging this prohibitory order promulgated by the SubDivisional Magistrate. their departmental secretaries. Chandernagore. They had questioned the validity of the prohibitory order promulgated by the magistrate. Mamata was stopped on her way on November 30 because Section 144 was in force there. The court order stated that to defuse the tension prevailing in the locality and to prevent further loss of life and damage to property prohibitory orders had been promulgated in the area under Singur police station five times from 30 November last year up to 4 February this year. said. the chief secretary and the home secretary reviewed the Singur situation today.
farmers entered into a scuffle with the police triggering tension. The company has already been carrying out landfilling at the site based on the "permissive possession" it had earlier got from the state. The deal. declined to divulge details of the package of incentives being offered to the automobile major on the specious plea that the Assembly was in session. WBIDC and Tata Motors — to ensure that the land-use agreement is adhered to. They were shouting slogans against the state government and Tatas. while 290 acres are for the ancillary units.000 crore for the 2. Later.5-lakh capacity main plant. A day after his suicide. Sources in the commerce and industries department hinted that WBIDC bought the entire land from the land and land revenue department and leased it to Tata Motors for the factory and signed a separate lease deal for the ancillaries.fenced off plot at Beraberi Purbapara and tired to pull down the fence. also joined their counterparts from Beraberi following rumours that the women were assaulted by the police. 9 March: Tata Motors finally got possession of land for its small-car factory in Singur on today. Pandey stepped on the gas. according to his family members. at 6 pm. Commerce and industries secretary Sabyasachi Sen. he was suspended from the party for an indefinite period. Khaserveri. According to sources. agitating farmers burnt effigies of the chief minister and CPI(M) central committee member Mr Benoy Konar. "My minister (Nirupam Sen) will place the details in the Assembly. The factory will be built on 645 acres. Farmers from Bajemelia. convener. who is undergoing treatment at a city hospital. was assaulted by cops. as the principal secretary of the state industries department. The state officials first signed the deal and then sent it to Thakur. The official excuse: the Assembly is in session. however. After being resisted.5 acres of land to the company for 90 years. who were guarding the fenced-off plot. SKJRC. Finally. refused to part with his land for the Tatas’ small car project. and an expected Rs 500 crore for the ancillaries. Farmers said that they dug up the road to prevent police from entering the fenced-off plot and to disrupt supply of bricks and cement for construction of boundary wall around the project area. falling a little short of the already acquired 997. 2 March: Local people of Khaserveri in Singur dug up a portion of the road leading to Tata’s small car project area near Bajemelia Ujjwal Sangha this afternoon. holding her responsible for the "absence of democracy" in the party. Bag’s family members and supporters of the Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (KJRC) had claimed yesterday that the victim owned 55 cottah land in Beraberi and had refused to 18 . In the afternoon. The land-use plan adds up to 996.11 acres."the commerce and industries secretary said. and took on Trinamool chairperson Mamata Banerjee. A further 14. 12 March: Haradhan Bag. leasing out 949. who. still remain shrouded in secrecy. But neither the state nor Tata Motors revealed any details — such as the price of the land or the annual lease rent rates. It was alleged that Mr Becharam Manna. The final signature was put by Thakur on a hospital bed. Soon after his suspension. WBIDC plans to balance this burden with a deferred payment provision of the total lease rent in 10 easy instalments. WBIDC MD Debashis Shome and Tata Motors 'R S Thakur inked the 90year lease deal after a day of high drama. The government proposes to set up a panel — with representatives from the state. Policemen. who was one of the signatories. Two days after senior Trinamool Congress MLA Sadhan Pandey spoke out in favour of Tata Motor's small car factory in Singur. intervened immediately.5 acres. the state government seemed unsure about the victim’s share of land in the project area. Gopalnagar. Mr Sabyasachi Sen. Tata Motors has decided to scale up its investment by Rs 500 crore from the initial Rs 1. Singherveri. The financial part of the deal — still a secret — involves sops that may help the Tatas keep the car's price within limits despite paying central sales tax that it could have avoided in Uttarakhand or Jharkhand. the deal gives Tata Motors financial incentives that would offset the tax incentives offered by states such as Uttarakhand to the automobile giant. senior police officers held a series of meeting with SKJRC leaders and asked the farmers to call off the protest. a farmer of Singur committed suicide on Sunday (11 March) night. The state government today signed an agreement with Tata Motors for the controversial small-car factory at Singur. Sabyasachi Sen broke the news.5 acres have been allocated to set up a power sub-station and WBIDC plans to use 47 acres of vested land for beefing up local infrastructure.
while addressing the assembled employees harped repeatedly on the need for speeding up the process of industrialisation. State industry minister Mr Nirupam Sen today announced that Tata Motors would get a Rs 200-crore loan at a rate of one per cent interest from the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation for its small-car plant. We have begun walking on the right path and need to increase our pace to keep up with the fast-changing world.” The chief minister. He said no money was being spent from government exchequer but the WBIDC would take a loan from the market to extend 19 . Unfazed by the ongoing anti-land acquisition movement in the state.” From October. Mr MV Rao. 13 March: Trinamool Congress legislators staged a walkout after the Speaker refused to allot more time during the Question Hour to raise the issue of Haradhan Bag’s suicide at Singur. The farmers uprooted a portion of the fence near Beraberi Purbapara and burnt down a few wooden poles before being chased away by police. reveals the pathetic efforts being made by the state government to sell the story that farmers have parted with their lands voluntarily. but we have to check whether Bag himself had any property within it. 16 March: Agitating farmers demolished a portion of the boundary wall of the plot where the Tata’s proposed small car project is going to come up near Sanapara in Singur this afternoon and set the watch tower inside the area on fire. Meanwhile. the Hooghly district magistrate said: “We know that his family and legal heirs have land in the project area. Mr Bhattacharjee said: “We took a long time to convince people of the efficacy of our industrial policy.” Director of industries. He claimed that with the inflow of capital in the state. Mr HA Halim had to adjourn the House for half an hour this afternoon since no minister was present on the floor. Later in the lobby. But the list of such buyers prepared by the district registrar. But 10 of the plots were bought on behalf of one marketing farm. the district registrar noted that “the list is illustrative and not exhaustive. However. Prefacing the details of the persons who have bought plots of land and the mouzas where the land is located. He maintained that the “ clandestine deal” between the state government and Tata Motors had driven Bag to take the extreme step.hand it over to the state government for the car project. Only two plots were bought by two farmers measuring 59. the district administration today said that they would have to check records to discern whether Bag had any land inside the project area. supporters of KJRC denied the district administration’s claim. Farmers took out a rally near the project site in the evening and warned the government with dire consequences if “forcibly” acquired land was not returned to them.23 decimal. In fact. They also hurled crude bombs in the fenced-off plot near Singherveri and chased away labourers working in the project. Hooghly. 2006 to 12 February such purchases were made. chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said that the government would now accelerate the pace of industrialisation in the state. the need of the hour was to accelerate the pace. The Speaker today threatened to adjourn the Assembly session sine die if ministers did not change their habit of skipping the House in future. saying that Bag himself owned a plot which was forcibly acquired by the government. Four vehicles were also damaged near Kamarkundu railway station. Security of the project area has been heightened with more policemen being deployed there to thwart possible attacks on the fence. Mr Vinod Kumar. it is not only a turnaround. “We have necessary documents to prove that Bag owned land in the project area. Now we have achieved a turnaround. The state government claims it’s helping the dispossessed farmers buy land in the Singur block itself or nearby.” claimed convener of the committee. An official of the state land and land reforms department said the government had decided to help the dispossessed farmers buy land if they so wished as an alternative to the land they had handed over for the small car project. The matter was pointed out to the Speaker by the CLP leader Dr Manas Bhunia. both foreign and from within the country.16 decimal and 27. The Speaker. refused to comment on the issue. Leader of Opposition Mr Partha Chatterjee demanded chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee issue a statement in the Assembly on the agreement between the state government and Tata Motors. Speaking at the inauguration of the new office of West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation. No one has been arrested in this connection.
However. The blast was triggered around 3:30 a. compensation had been paid in terms of an agreement in writing under the said section. The remaining 290 acres has been earmarked for an ancillary unit or vendor park. Police are still not sure of the brain behind the act. The comprehensive lease rent for 90 years will thus come to nearly Rs 850 crore. when the advocate general said that compensation was paid under two sections of the law to farmers. observing that the acquisition process seemed prima facie to be illegal.’’ Mr Sen said. it said that though no award was passed under section 11(2) of the act. a soft term loan and refund of VAT for the first 10 years of a 90-year lease.47 acres. had "wrongly given instructions in respect of the payment and consequently the AG regretted to having made such a submission".47 acres. In addition. on a 90year lease. From the thirty-first year to the sixtieth year. The state govern-ment had come in for severe criticism by a division bench comprising then acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharjee and Justice K K Prasad on February 23. The affidavit also said that the state's advocate on record.000 per acre for 290 acres. there will be a 25 per cent hike in the lease rent for the next 30 years. “Out of the 645. he said. “We are probing the matter.11 acres of land of which 645. the state government said in an affidavit that all awards were passed under one section of the act and there was no question as such of violating any law. The bench. said." 27 March: In a significant development. the Tatas would have to pay a yearly rent at the rate of Rs 8.this loan to the Tatas! The information was a part of the disclosure on the incentive package for Tata Motors made by Mr Sen in the Assembly. 19 March: CPI(M) said in People’s Democr-acy. "There was no notification for land acquis-ition in Nandigram. 18 March: A portion of the boundary wall of the Tata Motors’ small car project site at Singur was damaged early today when explosives planted inside hollow iron pipes kept hidden in a drainage outlet went off. The affidavit sought to clarify that the submission to the court on February 23 that two awards were passed under sections 11(1) and 11(2) of the act were incorrect as the awards were passed under only one provision-. The incentives had been offered to counter concessions offered by other states. “We have acquired 997. A senior police officer said that policemen posted at the project site had heard the sound of an explosion coming from the Gopalnagar Bospara-end of the boundary wall early today. They reached the spot to find a portion of the wall damaged. has been handed over to Tata Motors for setting up a small-car unit.’’ The minister explained Tata Motors will pay Rs 1 crore annually by way of lease rent for the first five years. Senior officers were later informed of the explosion and a search was eventually mounted. there will be a 30 per cent hike in the lease rent every 10 years and from the sixty-first year to the ninetieth year. The blast was triggered a few yards off a Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee camp. Nothing can be disclosed at this point of time. Explosives secreted in six other drainage outlets of the boundary wall near a Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee camp at Gopalnagar Bospara were later detected. No one has been arrested in this connection. The objects were later defused.m.section 11(1). Retracting its earlier submission that land had been acquired and awards passed for compensation for the project under two sections of the Land Acquisition Act of 1894. Sitaram Samanta. the West Bengal government today admitted that its advocate general made an "erroneous submission" to the Calcutta High Court on the compensation for farmers whose land was acquired for the Tata Motors' car plant in Singur. around 20 . cited a Supreme Court judgement in which the apex court had ruled that two sections of the same law could not be used at the same time. The affidavit submitted by the government to the Court on 27 March 2007 says that only 30% of the landowners of Singur who own 287. DIG (Burdwan range). Thereafter. He said the government had offered incentives on land. for every five years. Officers of the bomb squad of the state police rushed to the spot and unearthed the high-intensity charges which were believed to have been planted to blow up the boundary wall. the state government would take up-front payment for only 290 acres. There was only a notice issued by the Haldia Development Authority announcing the intention to acquire land in certain areas. Policemen found six iron pipes packed with explosives in six different drainage outlets of the boundary wall.5 acres of land had given consent in writing (That means.” Mr Anuj Sharma. the Tatas will pay at an annual flat rate of Rs 20 crore.
” Sen said after the deal was signed. The petitioner’s lawyers said the government took over the land under two different rules of the 21 . were assaulted allegedly by supporters of the Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (SKJRC) at Gopalnagar Madhyapara on Sunday night. He said various state governments are still making offers. Over 2.month programme for those who have completed the Ramakrishna Mission course. “I personally visited twice all the six sites shown by the Bengal government. police said. “Why should we consider the word ‘incentive’ bad? Industrialisation in Bengal over the past has been very poor. Successful candidates will then be trained at the Tata Motors plant.65% who have even collected cheques still against this forcible land acquisition). When the present government expressed keen interest in reindustrialisation. “Bengal has missed out earlier on auto industries…. It is entirely our choice. I was part of the decision-making process in which Singur emerged as the clear choice based on sound business sense. This includes 17 ITI-trained youths who had qualified in the aptitude test conducted by the company and are now undergoing training in Jamshedpur. they should get 40 per cent of the land’s prospective market value after 30 years. emphasising that it was based on sound business sense. Land minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah has submitted the new set of proposals to state party secretary Biman Bose. the court asked the government to detail the modes of payment made to those who sold their land for the Tata Motors project. we thought why not be the first one to capture this opportunity?” Leader of Opposition Partha Chatterjee today served a privilege notice on chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. He has taken into account the prospective value of land and suggested that the landloser be awarded a part of that. Mollah.” Kant said. This batch will initially enroll for a four-month course at the Ramakrishna Mission Shilpa-mandir.” The government now has to furnish a fresh affidavit by June 5. 2 April: The CPM is working on a compensation package offering double the market value of land to farmers and equity participation in industrial units coming up on their plots to silence the Opposition and make takeovers more palatable.” he added. accusing him of misleading the Assembly on the Singur land issue by supplying information that was “conflicting and at variance with each other”. a social worker. If a government is willing to rectify the situation by providing incentives. Belur Math. Kant also defended the government’s stand on providing incentives to the company. there is nothing wrong. who was the first to voice his concern about the land acquisition drive last year. The order followed a petition by Jaydeep Mukherjee. 2 May: The high court today said the affidavit submitted by the government on the Singur land acquisition process was “incomplete.“We choose where we want to set up the plant and nobody has the right to speak about the location. “The company will set up a training institute in Singur for jobs in automobile and ancillary industries. Tension ran high in Singur today after four persons.” Kant said. The victims-Dilip Ghosh. The others will be trained at ITI (Industrial Training Institute) Howrah. ITI Hooghly and ATI (Administrative Training Institute) Dasnagar. challenging the legality of the process adopted by the state while acquiring the land. 29 March: Tata Motors managing director Ravi Kant today stoutly defended the company’s selection of Singur as the site for its proposed small-car plant. Over 600 of them were women. Commerce and industries minister Nirupam Sen said 358 youths have been selected. who gave consent for acquisition of land for the Tata Motors small car factory. Party insiders said Bose tabled the proposal at the central committee meeting that concluded in Delhi today. about 40 km from Calcutta.500 candidates had registered at the WBIDC camp office in Singur seeking vocational training. On February 23. Kashinath Ghosh and Mr Janmenjoy Ghoshwere appointed by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) for the security of the project site. In addition. has proposed 60 per cent of the market value of farmland as solatium. Nimai Karmakar. There would be 122 others who cleared another test conducted by the Tatas. a nine-month course for freshers and a six. giving details on the disbursement of compensation to landowners — such as the serial numbers of cheques issued and their dates — and the rule under which the payment was made. 25 April: The government today signed an agreement with Tata Motors as a result of which young men and women from displaced families in Singur would get vocational training. The training will be in two parts.
A 45-year-old farmer from Khaserveri mouza in Singur. injuring some but none grievously. Mamata Banerjee burst out but not before spending 1 hour and 51 minutes in a rainbow row of leaders rarely seen on the Bengal political horizon. A senior district official said that 75-80 percent poll was recorded in by-election to 17 panchayat and two panchayat samit seats in Hooghly today. Satyacharan Dutta had to be admitted to the Chinsurah Imambara Hospital with head injuries. including Manna. The advocate-general said the government did not furnish the details because it had challenged the maintainability of the petitions.” referring to Mamata’s willingness to attend the all-party meeting. Circle inspector. which the law does not permit. who were there since yesterday. Prasanto Das. Neither Mamata nor the CPM sees it as the end of the road after the Trinamool Congress leader walked out of today’s allparty meeting convened to bring the homeless back to Nandigram. The family of the deceased owns a little more than four bigha land in the project area which was acquired by the state government for the Tata Motor project. Trinamool MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya and social activist Anuradha Talwar. less than 24 hours after a breakthrough that put Bengal’s principal political opponents on course to a peace meeting. 25 May: The state Forward Bloc secretary today admitted lack of homework before yesterday’s all-party meeting and said he would meet Mamata Banerjee soon to fix an agenda for the next round of talks. committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of a cowshed at his residence early today. the convener of the meeting from which Mamata had walked out. but that proved insufficient as it was raining hard and some of our men were injured in the melee. a father of two minor daughters. The clashes. Mamata declared that there would be no let-up in the agitation in both Singur and Nandigram but took care to point out that she stood by her commitment to the all-party meeting scheduled for Thursday. did emit enough smoke and fire — and television footage — to rustle up what Mamata Banerjee candidly described as her “daily meal”. which she will do only under compulsion. “Led by Save Farmland Committee leader Becharam Manna. “She is a carnivore who has been requested to eat grass. But they took to the fields as it started pouring and headed straight to the wall at Bajemelia. according to officials. CPM veteran Benoy Konar said. 24 May: Genocide on her lips. Non-bailable warrants have been issued against 61 people. No poll related untoward incident was reported from other places of Hooghly. the confrontation went a notch beyond the usual cat-andmouse game after a knife attack on police during a Trinamool Congress-led attempt to tear down a portion of the wall around the Tata small-car project. “It’s true that we had not done proper homework prior to the peace talks. the officer in charge of Singur police station. Around 200 people who assembled in a playground near Kamarkundu to protest against yesterday’s police action apparently turned “violent as it began to rain”. Both CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress expressed satisfaction with the polls. In Singur. The family had refused to receive compensation cheques. under the Bora panchayat and the other at Balarambati. who had refused to part with his land for the Tata Motor small car factory.” said Ashok Ghosh. they were marching through the villages. where they clashed with the police yesterday” said Priyabrata Bakshi. Prasanto. intercepted them. headquarters. 21 May: Singur protesters again tried to damage the wall around the Tata Motors site this afternoon and police had to lob tear gas shells and threaten to fire to shoo them away. fell vacant after CPI(M) candidates who had emerged victorious in last panchayat polls died. The protesters hurled stones when around 1.500 police and paramilitary personnel.acquisition act. Then we flashed our arms and threatened to fire and the protesters fled. Rubber bullets and tear gas shells were fired. had hoped that Miss Mamata Banerjee would raise the issue of land acquisition in Singur at the all party meet at Mahajati Sadan yesterday. The two seats at Singur-one.” Bakshi said. 20 May: Violence flared up in Singur as well as Nandigram today. “We used tear gas to ward off the demonstrators. for yesterday’s attack. A woman constable was assaulted and a policeman was hit with a dagger by the Save Farmland supporters. 27 May: The by-election to two panchayat seats at Singur passed off peacefully with nearly 80 per cent polling being recorded under the watchful eyes of policemen today. “The by-election is a prestige 22 . however. Prasanta Das chose death over compensation.
She was at Basu's residence within half an hour of the call. Basu said he had heard Mamata out on both Singur and Nandigram and liked her attitude. we must ensure the Tatas don't go away. 5 June: As Mamata Banerjee counts her gains after yesterday’s meeting with Jyoti Basu. She told me that about 300 farmers (in Singur) have not collected cheques for the land acquired and that more than 600 acres are not necessary to set up the factory." she said. convened by East Midnapore District Magistrate Anup Agarwal. was attended by all political parties including those belonging to Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) a grouping of opposition parties leading the anti-land acquisition movement.fight. would ruin the state's investment prospects. According to one minister." She said the people of Singur preferred to commit suicide rather than hand over their land to the government for the Tata Motors project. "If Jyoti Basu listens sympathetically to the plight of the farmers of Singur. which ended at 7. I know what Mamata Banerjee wants and that without her co-operation the talks cannot be successful. We will also have to talk to the Tatas to reorganise. Narmada Bachao Andolon leader Medha Patkar criticised the Left Front government. "After talking to Mamata. if necessary. The meeting. she is also weighing her options for a possible compromise on Singur. 2 June: At a front meeting today to discuss the peace process. Basu reportedly advised them to be transparent and. a project promoter has offered shares in the company to owners of land to be acquired to set up the factory. inviting her home to thrash out a solution to the Nandigram-Singur standoff. his Cabinet colleagues Nirupam Sen. chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. we will have to talk to the government. went further than the May 24 all-party talks because Singur too was discussed. Forward Bloc leader Ashok Ghosh took everyone by surprise. Mr Becharam Manna.50 pm. 31 May: For the first time in the country. Trinamool Congress sources said Mamata may be inclined to accept alternative “farmland” for landlosers in Singur. While shifting the Tata factory site was ruled out because of legal implications. an all-party meeting was held today successfully in trouble-torn Nandigram for the first time since January. today offered cash and stock to compensate 742 families from whom they expect to buy land at Salbani in West Midnapore district. "They are trying to make the people poorer. they have marked their protest. But. Trinamool leader." Medha stated. a CPI(M) Singur Zonal committee member. If we have to return their plots. "She is not against industrialisation. “I believe that proper homework has to be done before the second round of talks and the CPM should play a bigger role in it. Mamata was visibly upbeat to have been able to put across her viewpoint to Basu. The all-party meeting was held to resolve the issue of repairing roads which were dug up by protesters opposing the state government’s move to acquire farm land for industries." In the first positive fall-out of the icebreaking meeting between CPI(M) veteran Jyoti Basu and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Nandigram and Singur. make concessions to end the months-long agitation. The Basu-Mamata meeting. Today. it seems to me there is a solution. I am not unreasonable. Abdur Rezzak Mollah and Gautam Deb and Left Front chairman Biman Bose met Basu at his Salt Lake residence to discuss ways to arrive at an acceptable solution to the Singur and Nandigram issues. who will build a steel plant in Bengal with a capacity of 3 million tonnes in the first phase. I will think my 25-day hunger strike has been fruitful. said that party cadres successfully used the “land grab” issue in the by-election. There were clear indications that the talks had borne fruit. the CM said he wanted to settle the dispute "with an open mind". saying he wants the CPM to play a bigger role. A prolonged unrest. I’ve given up and Biman Bose will henceforth co-ordinate the peace process.’’ Speaking at the convention. Housing minister Gautam Deb was also present at the meet. one solution considered was offering Singur farmers." the former CM said at a joint news conference with the Trinamool leader after the hour-long meeting. however. who unwillingly 23 . The Jindals. They want to hand over our land to foreigners. but I want the people of Singur and Nandigram to get justice. He updated them on his discussions with Mamata. he warned. "Thus. “No to SEZ” organised by the All India People's Convention on Nandigram.” said Mr Ranjit Mondal. 4 June: Jyoti Basu rang up Mamata Banerjee in a surprise move today.
7 June: The state government has admitted before Calcutta High Court that it has not been able to reach an agreement with farmers over the acquisition of around 300 acres of land in Singur. for whom the scheme is meant. "An aunt can't replace the mother. These applications are now being processed.021 people for 671 acres. the government has decided. Rs 90. It also plans to purchase land under 'Chash O Basobaser Bhumi Daan Prakalpa' to set up homestead-cum-kitchen gardens and distribute the plots among Singur's land-losers. more than 600 acres were not necessary to build the small-car factory and a part of the land that had been acquired would be used for real estate projects.52 acres and accept the compensation fixed by the collector. The state calls this invalid in law but did offer the objectors hearings between August 22 and 25. altogether 165. Once the problems with the plots are settled. the Hooghly district magistrate and the Singur block land records officer met the land reforms commissioner during the day.could be available. "I have explained all my demands to Basu. these people could not be personally informed of the hearing dates. These were heard and 24 . these could be distributed among land-losers and farm labourers from Singur. some more land . however. under which the land-losers will be given priority over the local poor and landless farmers. but outside the factory's fenced-off area." she said.010 objections in printed proforma. In spite of this. The government may make a few concessions. explaining why the offer for alternative plots was not acceptable. 2007. Plots of up to 16 decimals (chhatak) could be purchased and distributed among the affected." she said. Besides. However.124 persons who opted for agreements under Section 11(2) of the Land Acquisition Act. nobody turned up for the hearings.the rest is under possession. In addition. Also.35 crore has been disbursed to 10.95 crore to pay the rayats (as compensation) and Rs 0. Those who had submitted these objections had made it clear that they would resist any acquisition attempt. according to estimates. the collector received 1. The government plans to distribute land available in Singur and adjoining blocks.11 acres for the Tata small car project. 6 June: Mamata Banerjee has thrown a fresh spanner in Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's peace plans. A list of plots vested with the government in nearby areas like Tarakeswar and Haripal was drawn up at Writers' during the day. Another round of talks with Mamata will be held to explain the situation to her. The state has so far acquired 997. does not make it clear whether landowners yet to accept the award are not satisfied with the compensation or do not wish to part with their land.9 crore has already been made available to the Hooghly district authorities under the scheme. After the notification was issued. The Trinamool Congress chief refused today to accept alternative plots for Singur farmers whose land had been forcibly acquired for the Tata Motors' factory. "Why should farmers suffer while the Tatas build malls on their land?" she asked. Land available in adjoining blocks is also being examined for distribution among the land-losers. has stated that till April 25.99 acres are available for distribution . But Mamata said the offers were not acceptable to her. 2006.414 have agreed to hand over their 287.447 acres of farmland vested with the government are available for distribution among affected farmers in the Singur block. The compensation amount not claimed will also be deposited to the relevant court. a CPM source said. The government claims that it did make an attempt to inform the objectors. Rs 1. only 34. It had allotted a total of Rs 118. The affidavit also says that several applications have been filed before the collector for referring the matter to court. The government. seven objections were received. But of this. According to her.58 crore for the bargadars. The government has also told the high court that even before notification was actually issued to acquire land for 'public purpose'.now being dealt with by the Land Reforms Tribunal . But. only 2. due to ongoing violence in the area. The affidavit. but is not revealing all its cards yet. alternative plots in adjacent areas. in an affidavit.handed over their plots and did not collect the cheques. It only mentions that of the 3. a policy decision will have to be made.
2006. Basu said Industry Minister Nirupam Sen was working on the proposal.67 acres were allotted for Tata Motors. The affidavit also says that several applications have been filed before the collector for referring the matter to court. The government has also told the high court that even before notification was actually issued to acquire land for 'public purpose'. due to ongoing violence in the area. While 290 acres have been reserved for ancillary industries. He modified his stand today. After the notification was issued. While 290 acres have been reserved for ancillary industries. The Trinamool Congress chief refused on Wednesday to accept alternative plots for Singur farmers whose land had been forcibly acquired for the Tata Motors' factory. Legal aspects are also being looked into. six have already accepted their awards and received the compensation amounts. the collector received 1. We will try and fit into our legal framework whatever decision is taken. 2007.11 acres for the Tata small car project. It had allotted a total of Rs 118. nobody turned up for the hearings.33 acres have been taken over by the SEB. Mamata Banerjee. Of these seven. In spite of this. 645.11 acres. six have already accepted their awards and received the compensation amounts. only 2. veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu said today. The affidavit.disposed of by him on August 29 and 31. has stated that till April 25. The compensation amount not claimed will also be deposited to the relevant court. The government. "Nirupam is listing points.” 8 June: The state government has admitted before Calcutta High Court that it has not been able to reach an agreement with farmers over the acquisition of around 300 acres of land in Singur. I just defined the legal position.124 persons who opted for agreements under Section 11(2) of the Land Acquisition Act. Those who had submitted these objections had made it clear that they would resist any acquisition attempt. CPM patriarch Jyoti Basu.35 crore has been disbursed to 10. To a specific query. It only mentions that of the 3. saying a solution could be found if there was the required political will. Rs 90. including returning the plots to the agitating farmers. Basu admitted that there was not much alternative land in Singur for industries. “My department is examining all options.11 acres. "It is a matter of political will and political decision. The affidavit further says that of the 997. These were heard and disposed of by him on August 29 and 31. However. citing a Supreme Court verdict. during her meeting with Jyoti Basu on Monday.67 acres were allotted for Tata Motors. had demanded that land of the “unwilling” farmers be returned. 14. Of these seven. Mollah had ruled out returning farmland yesterday. There is no legal hurdle. 14. the government has decided." Basu said.33 acres have been taken over by the SEB. seven objections were received.58 crore for the bargadars.010 objections in printed proforma. The government claims that it did make an attempt to inform the objectors.52 acres and accept the compensation fixed by the collector. The state calls this invalid in law but did offer the objectors hearings between August 22 and 25. however. These applications are now being processed. these people could not be personally informed of the hearing dates. The affidavit further says that of the 997. Land reforms minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah today said plots acquired from “unwilling” farmers in Singur could be returned if such a decision was taken “politically”.021 people for 671 acres." Mamata told reporters today after a meeting of Krishi Jami Raksha Committee (KJRC). "Alternative land is available elsewhere but why should land-losers go there?" Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee has sounded a positive note on the peace moves in Singur. 645. Returning the land is not being ruled out. Yesterday. Let the issue be settled politically first. The state has so far acquired 997.414 have agreed to hand over their 287.95 crore to pay the rayats (as compensation) and Rs 0. in an affidavit. West Bengal's Left Front government is working on a proposal to find a solution to the stand-off over acquisition of land in Singur for Tata Motors' car plant. Let's see what happens. who invited Mamata 25 . does not make it clear whether landowners yet to accept the award are not satisfied with the compensation or do not wish to part with their land.
Tomorrow. claimed at a meeting in Baguiati (Kolkata) today the package would be unparalleled in the country. Front partners. Chennai and Thiruvanan-thapuram. to claim victory. Mumbai. "A solution is definitely possible. 10 June: Eager for an early solution to the Singur land row. Jamshedpur and Agartala will be covered. In the first phase. "People will go to these places carrying begging bowls. though. could cause some embarrassment to the government and allow Mamata Banerjee. from June 22 to July 18. wanted to know why Jyoti Basu should have held talks with Mamata. today went scouting for land for the proposed 500acre SEZ in Burdwan district. the government is trying to work out a four-point package to give them a better deal. One of them relates to the 290 acres reserved for ancillary units. Bangalore. which has been examining proposals from 70 units." said a KJRC source. Sen has a complicated job on hand. The decision was conveyed to the CPM veteran by industries minister Nirupam Sen on a day both the government and Mamata Banerjee appeared to be hardening their positions. Addressing a meeting at Chandernagore. The Left Front meet today ratified the decisions taken at yesterday's CPM's state secretariat meeting. While it has been decided that none of the 997 acres acquired will be handed back to farmers. CPM leader Benoy Konar. people from these two areas will be taken to Delhi. But with Mamata ruling out the possibility of accepting alternative land outside the project site. meanwhile. demanding that land taken forcibly from farmers for the Tata Motors factory be returned. the government will provide them direct support. Mumbai. RSP and Forward Bloc. also sounded positive. who has donned the mantle of peacemaker. front allies didn’t want to take responsibility for the Singur talks. 12 June: Mahindra and Mahindra is planning to set up an automobile ancillaries special economic zone (SEZ) in Bengal. The land is apparently with the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation. Traffic in the city was badly affected.over to his house for talks on Monday (11 June). who has been spearheading the Singur movement. CPM sources said Sen would have several options to work on. 13 June: Farmers. In the second phase. he said they held a partisan view. Mahindra World City. too. 9 June: Jyoti Basu had suggested that “unwilling farmers’’ whose plots had been taken for the Tata Motors project be provided land either in the project area or outside. leaving it to Bose. CPM Party patriarch Jyoti Basu. Trinamool supporters will block roads throughout the state between 5 and 6 pm. This. In the first phase. Trinamool relaunched its agitation on Singur during the day with an hour-long road blockade in different parts of the state. from June 22 to July 18. Another 50 acres of vested land are with the government but are not part of the project area. is likely to propose rehabilitation for the farmers at alternative sites which are better than the ones discussed earlier. too. "People will go to these places carrying begging bowls" said a KJRC source. KJRC. Jamshedpur and Agartala will be covered." he said. Trinamool supporters will block roads throughout the state between 5 and 6 pm. Intellectuals had not raised their voices against killing of policemen and abduction of innocent villagers. state industry minister Nirupam Sen. the government will try to ensure direct or indirect employment to one member of each displaced family in the Tata Motors project. people from these two areas will be taken to Delhi. will also start taking out rallies of "hungry people from Singur and Nandigram" in different metros. The state government has told Jyoti Basu that it would not be legally possible to return land acquired for Tata Motors in Singur to “unwilling farmers”. spearheading movement to reoccupy plots acquired for the Tata Motors’ proposed small car project at Singur. Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. A sixmember team from the company’s infrastructure venture. Bangalore. At today’s meeting. given the task of finding a solution to Singur. Third. Second. Perhaps the most significant step is a possible hike in the compensation package to the farmers. In the second phase. will also start taking out rallies of "hungry people from Singur and Nandigram" in different metros. The attempts 26 . KJRC. tried to damage the boundary wall of the project site three times today. Given that it is now up to the government to work out a Singur formula. And for the rest. criticised intellectuals who opposed the Industrialisation drive of the state government.
it includes selection of trainees by ensuring that one person from each family whose livelihood may have been affected by the project. 14 June: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today turned down the Trinamool Congress' demand that the land of the unwilling farmers at Singur. The chief minister told the core committee that Industry Minister Nirupam Sen also informed CPI(M) veteran Jyoti Basu that it was not possible to return the land acquired for the Tata project. want bigger compensation and a job in the plant for each of the 350 families.” the CM said. denied the charge of teargasing. including more than hundred women. The rehabilitation scheme include provision of appropriate training.Ujjwal Das and Tapan Bag. brushed aside the charges.. however.” a company spokesperson said. be included." 22 June: A day after students staged a walk-out at the Ramrajatala ITI. 26 June: Chief minister. Sen said. Unlike Nandigram. But the government is determined not to let the situation go out of hand. 19 June: The West Bengal government today announced an economic package for rehabilitation of the people affected by the Tata Motors' small car project in Singur but rejected demands for return of land acquired for it from farmers. 17 June: The rumbles of Nandigram and Singur were felt in Asansol today when hundreds of villagers fought police from behind women and children. Tata Motors sources. Villagers of Purushottampur in Burnpur today prevented IISCO authorities from taking possession of about 240 acres acquired in 1989. “If they successfully clear the training and related tests. today said the CBI should complete the probe into the murder of Tapasi Malik as early as possible and the main culprit should be grilled without taking the political allegiance into account. The probe should be completed as early as possible and 27 . No land can be returned to the farmers whether they gave it willingly or unwillingly for the Tata Motors project. said the company would absorb successful trainees it has selected from Singur. “I had earlier said that the CBI was taking time to complete the probe.. sustained burn injuries in the tear gas shelling and lathicharge. The police. On demands that the land acquired from unwilling farmers be given back. a group of farmers. is working on an alternative package for farmers who wanted their plots back. state Industries Minister Nirupam Sen told reporters. should be returned but said an alternative proposal was being worked out by the State government. The sticks-and-stones battle at Purushottampur was over 240 acres of non-farm land. the villagers are ready to give up the land but post-Singur. The protests began after commerce and industries minister Nirupam Sen reportedly said the students need to score at least 90% to qualify for a job at Tata Motors. he said. however. The police. Farmers claimed that two local youths. their batchmates at the Bandel ITI went on a class boycott agitation today.were thwarted by the policemen who lobbed tear gas shells and resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the mob comprising at least 500 farmers. "There is no chance of returning any acquired land at Singur under any circumstance . after June 18 — the date scheduled for the hearing of a case on Singur in Calcutta High Court. the chief minister reportedly disclosed at the meeting. 23 June: Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said his government has demonstrated enough patience on the Singur issue and is keen to see an amicable solution. Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. trying to stop takeover of plots acquired 18 years ago. Cops claimed that the attackers were chased away when they started hurling stone at policemen protecting the boundary wall. meanwhile. identification of employ-ment opportunities through close coordination with Tata Motors Limited in various activities /trades and preparing a socio-economic database of persons affected by the project. The alternative package would be revealed to the core committee. demanding compensation to match that of Singur. “The Singur and Nandigram controversies have already sent a wrong signal to investors. According to the police. The government. earmarked in 1989 for modernising the IISCO Steel Plant (ISP). The package comprises training programmes for the affected persons and their employment in the Tata project. they will become eligible for employment. however. as well as to the Left Front. So far one person was interrogated in connection with the murder. acquired for the Tata Motors small car project. The students demanded an assurance that they will be provided jobs once they complete their course. Besides. armed with shovels tried to damage the boundary wall from two different places near Beraberi around 11 am during heavy downpour in the area.
the key accused in the Tapasi Malik case. Today CBI also grilled CPM district committee member Dibakar Das and two others at the special crime branch office at Salt Lake. 28 June: The ruling CPM today was left red-faced after Singur party chief Suhrid Dutta was charged with the murder of teenager Tapasi Malik. The agency had earlier (24 June) picked up CPM activist Debu Malik and put him to a narco-analysis. "There are enough daily jobs at the factory site. who heads the committee. making it difficult for us to arrange two square meals a day. 1953. "My husband was the sole bread winner in our family. It appears that the girl was heavily assaulted. He may be brought to Kolkata by the CBI within a couple of days. Dutta and Malik will be produced in court tomorrow. however. we will engage him. CBI officers smell a rat in the entire episode. we woke up one morning to find a boundary wall restricting entry to the land my husband used to till. whose charred body was found at the Tata small car factory site in December last year and became a major trigger for anti-land acquisition protests. Worse. The West Bengal Estates Acquisition Amendment Bill will be placed in the Assembly on Wednesday to give legal teeth to the drive. Earlier. died on Sunday (1 July) night at his home. If someone is willing to work. Sankar Das. will extend by 10 years. Many labourers from Dobandhi come to work there daily. His father Dulal and wife Anima claimed Sankar had died of starvation." Pal said. made it clear that the party had nothing to do with Debu Malik. “It’s a sensitive issue. When Tapasi was murder-ed in Singur. The amendment to the West Bengal Estates Acquisition Act.” the chief minister said. Debu was produced in a Delhi Court yesterday. The number of locals at work is less than what is needed. Banerjee. “Why should a CPM activist rape or murder someone when the party knows that it may upset the industrialisation process in Singur?” Konar asked. The powers expire this November. He had no job for the past 14 months. rubbished the charge. Dutta’s arrest was the second after CBI took over the case. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee today sought Central intervention in West Bengal." she said while addressing a meeting on the "atrocities" of the Left Front government. We came to know that the government would offer us work at the factory site but it didn’t.” CPM state secretariat member Benoy Konar said after a meeting last night with leaders from Hooghly district. Mr Bhattacharjee also said the political allegiance of the culprit should not be taken into account while conducting the probe. alleging there was something "malafide" in the Tata Motors deal for the Singur car unit.500 labourers were engaged on Monday for excavation of the neighbouring Julkhia canal and allied sewer works in the area.the main culprit behind the murder should be grilled. The culprit should be identified and should get proper punishment. he can come and join. We are thus engaging labourers from outside. under Section 44(2a) of the act. It appears to be a part of a deeper conspiracy.” special branch SP A K Sahay said. "What is the agreement between the Tatas and the Left Front government? Why is the deal so hush-hush? The CM and the CPM are both involved. The investigation is on. “We have conducted an internal probe that has given us no reason to believe that Suhrid could have been involved in the crime. asked 28 . He added that a total of 1. Konar. I had ordered a CID inquiry but the Opposition demanded a CBI inquiry and I agreed as the priority was to identify the actual culprit.” said the chief minister at Writers’ Buildings. a 45-year-old sharecropper and the only earning member of a peasant family at Dobandhi village close to the Tata factory site. however. but let them go. giving the Opposition enough ammunition to blow holes in the government’s claim that sharecroppers rendered jobless because of the land acquisition are being engaged on a daily basis at the factory site. Both Debu and Suhrid have been remanded in 14 days’ CBI custody. “The political allegiance of the culprit is not important. the CBI arrested Debu Malik in connection with the murder of Tapasi Malik in Singur about six months back." Anima said. the government’s powers to suo motu revise records of land rights by another 10 years. 2 July: The government is renewing efforts to retrieve benami or ceiling-surplus plots held by big landowners in the state in the face of a growing demand for land to set up industry. 30 June: The CPM today said a party probe had shown that Singur leader Suhrid Dutta did not have any role in Tapasi Malik’s rape and murder. Gram pradhan Prabhas Pal. You give me a name. under which Singur falls. CPM state secretariat member Benoy Konar refused to see the case as a political murder.
the brain behind land acquisition in Singur for the Tata Motors’ small car factory. A team of WBIDC officials from Kolkata will visit the Singur villages tomorrow to identify alternative locations for the crematorium and the temple. CBI had booked Dutta for ‘criminal conspiracy’ in the case on the basis of information provided to it by the other accused Debu Malik who reportedly confessed to his crime and specifically named the CPM leader as one of the conspirators behind the killing of the ‘Save Land Committee’ activist Tapsi for her opposition to the land acquisition. Sabuin has been asked not to open up before the media on the Singur murder. Lao made his observation after talking to Datta in-camera. Datta will have to undergo the tests again on Wednesday. the CBI team verified with the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) officials the names of the night guards on duty at the factory site on December 18 when Tapasi was murdered. who is now in Delhi. Their colour and texture matched with what he had told the CBI. The agency has confiscated the SIM card from the Nokia cellphone set that Datta used till recently. the prime accused and approver of the Tapasi Malik murder case in Singur. Hooghly CPM secretary Benode Das on Tuesday hurriedly called a district secretariat meeting in Sreerampore to work out the combat strategy. CPM's Singur zonal committee members have also been asked to launch a door-to-door campaign against the "conspiracy" to clear the confusion among villagers. a three-member CBI team reached out to Malik's elder sister Maya Das's house at Bajemelia village and recovered the shirt and the trouser Debu had put on the day Tapasi was murdered. have started yielding results. CBI sources said. The Central Forensic Science Laboratory will conduct a polygraphy test on CPM leader Suhrid Dutta. As a first step. water and land "free of cost" from the state government. The trust running the temple property — spread over 30 acres — within the project site threatened to move court because the government acquired the property without even compensating it. 3 July: Polygraph tests done on CPM supporter Debu Malik. 4 July: Additional chief metropolitan magistrate (Patiala House court in New Delhi) Kamini Lao held that the polygraph tests on former CPM Singur zonal secretary Suhrid Datta were performed without Datta's consent. the CBI performed polygraph tests on Suhrid Datta — CPM's former zonal secretary — but refused to divulge the findings. However. Villagers have no access to it for the last 14 months since it was fenced off for the small car project. I'm ready to face the CBI. Acting on the findings. This decision was taken today when Dutta. tomorrow in connection with his alleged role in the Tapsi Malik murder case. A delegation of the Singur panchayat samiti. Not only that. The rumour was doing the rounds in Singur till Manna flatly denied it. led by sabhapati Ranjit Mandal came all the way to the WBIDC office in Kolkata to discuss about the shifting of the temple and the crematorium that has fallen within the fenced off TATA car factory site. agreed for it." said an official. It's all bunkum. former CPM zonal committee secretary.why Tata Motors was getting power. "His consent for the polygraphy test was necessary as under the existing law one cannot be forced to give evidence against himself. In New Delhi today. Debu had left the clothes at his elder sister's house after the murder. the procedure says that the consent by the accused has to be taken before a judicial magistrate." Manna said. Datta is learnt to have made calls to Krishi Jami Raksha Committee convener Becharam Manna from that phone after the murder. Taken aback by the two other names of CPM district secretariat members — Balaram Sabuin and Sunil Sarkar. Panchayat samiti office bearers have decided to launch some projects under the National Rural Employment Guarantee 29 . Ghosh submitted that CBI had taken Datta's consent in front of a remand magistrate. Similar is the problem with the crematorium. "I didn't receive any call from Suhrid Datta. They got these names from Debu Malik during interrogation. CBI officers will summon two of these night guards for interrogation soon. The government had earlier promised to pay the damages. I have told this to Mamata Banerjee. They have conveyed it to the Singur police and told them to see that they don't leave the place without intimating the police. The additional chief metropolitan magistrate summoned CBI officer Partha Sarathi Ghosh today.
Those who burnt the Singur anti-land acquisition activist alive were goons on hire. CBI lawyer Partha Tapaswi said there was enough evidence to nail Dutta. you are saying that the government didn’t get consent for the purchase of 326 acres. Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said in the Assembly today that he would stick to his earlier statement that the government had got consent for 954 acres in Singur to set up the Tata small-car plant. But 30 .” An angry Mollah said: “I’m speaking the truth. They again visited the spot. Dutta was produced at the Chandernagore court today where CBI claimed to have gathered enough evidence to hold Dutta "directly responsible" for the rape-murder. the detectives had determined there were four prime suspects . Saugata Roy fished out a copy of Bhattacharjee’s letter and told the land minister: “Your chief minister had said that consent letters had been received for the acquisition of 954 acres. Although the discussion was on the police budget. especially after the starvation death in Dobandhi village." Tapaswi said. CBI claims. Today. who committed the murder. After interrogating nearly 40 people. 6 July: An apparent contradiction in Singur consent figures provided by the chief minister and the land minister gave the Opposition ammunition to target the government in the Assembly today. it is unlikely that CBI will reveal all their cards now. on a trekker from the Singur railway station. "He was the main planner.all outsiders . two days after the December 18 murder. Kolkata. "A total of 200 sharecroppers and daily wage-earners from Dobandhi village have already enrolled themselves under this scheme. Its investigators reached the conclusion by tallying signed statements of a host of people.Scheme in the Singur villages immediately. Local trekker operators corroborated the claim." block development officer (BDO) Prasenjit Chakraborty said.who actually committed the murder. Dutta will appear before the court again on July 26. culverts or installing tubewells in the villages. meaning only 43 acres had not been given willingly. Sources said CBI is likely to interrogate more people to shore up its claims. including local CPM heavyweights. My records say… owners of 326 acres didn’t accept compensation cheques…. 11 July: Sixteen-year-old Tapasi Malik didn't commit suicide as the state police had earlier claimed. Local promoter Sailendra Sahana had admitted during interrogation he knew two of the four men Debu Malik had described. mostly villagers. 12 July: CBI has identified Suhrid Dutta. Mollah ruled out returning the land in Singur. Please don’t ask for that. The chief minister had mentioned 954 acres in a letter to Mamata Banerjee on December 20 last year. CBI. Datta's refusal to take the lie-detector test has only fuelled their apprehension. 5 July: Suhrid Baran Dutta. arrested for the murder of a woman opposing the acquisition of land for the Tata Motors' car plant at Singur in West Bengal. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had said in a letter to Mamata Banerjee that consent had been obtained for as much as 954 acres out of the 997 to be acquired for Tata Motors. After this sensational declaration." Dutta told Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau during in-chamber proceedings. during interrogation. Dutta's bail plea was rejected and he was sent to 14-day judicial custody. We have already released the sketches of the four prime accused. CBI hasn't yet explained. "We have got sufficient leads to nail him. Based on their statements. today refused in a Delhi Court to undergo a lie detector test. CPI(M)'s zonal committee secretary from Singur. though whether Dutta had only planned the murder or hired the killers as well. "I do not wish to be subjected to polygraph (or) lie detector test.” he added. as the mastermind behind the murder of Tapasi Malik.” “I don’t have the right to rectify the chief minister." said A K Sahai. brought from outside. Bhattacharjee — also the police minister — chose to clear the air on Singur first following a controversy generated by land reforms minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah’s apparently contradictory statistics. We will place them all in Chandernagore court tomorrow (12 July) when Datta is produced. CBI has no doubt that hers is a case of premeditated murder. CBI released sketches of four persons. special crime branch superintendent. Rs 119. It also declared a Rs 1-lakh reward for any information on the suspects.072 cheques issued. As the case stands now.52 crore has been paid and 10. But Abdur Rezzak Mollah told the House today the government had not got owners’ consent for the acquisition of 326 acres. Dutta cannot be released on bail. Fifty-nine people will be engaged in the first phase for constructing roads. CPM's Singur zonal committee secretary.
So. CPM patriarch Jyoti Basu said: “It is no secret that two central agencies. there were 34 acres of vested land. Around 7. describing them as the main accused. Gopalnagar and reached Bajemelia's Bosepukur. the government will take necessary steps. who was allegedly raped and murdered last December. After that.30 pm. one of the main accused in the murder of Tapasi Malik in Singur. when the police intervened and were subjected to heavy brick-batting. accusing the investigating agency of committing excesses. Hooghly district police superintendent Rajeev Mishra said the police fired 25 rounds of teargas shells to disperse a 100-strong mob of villagers trying to break the wall. If it is done. the WBIDC (West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation) took over.Mollah recently told the House that the government had not got consent for 326 acres. triggering an uproar from the Opposition benches. KJRC convener Becharam Manna claimed that police had provoked them. Moreover. the prime accused in the Tapasi Malik case. “That led to further availability of consent. "The villagers tried to break the wall. It should be more restrained.000 car project of Tata Motors is running behind schedule. the land reforms department was involved. All this added up to 954 acres. today issued fresh summons to nightguards Bhanu Hambir and Monu Hambir. "The project is getting delayed. “Breaking a boundary wall can’t be called a democratic agitation.” 13 July: Senior CPM leaders once again trained their guns on the investigating agency today. the KJRC supporters took out a procession with flaming torches in memory of Tapasi Malik." Tata told reporters today on the sidelines of Tata Tea's 44th annual general 31 . but villagers owing allegiance to Trinamool Congress-led 'Krishijami Raksha Committee' claimed that a portion of the wall was damaged. Now that Debu's lawyer has claimed that his client was forced to make the confession statement before the magistrate. the agency is going a whole hog to collect evidence to corroborate the charges brought against Debu Malik and CPM's former Singur zonal secretary Suhrid Datta. We won’t tolerate such a disruptive agitation. 19 July: Police today fired teargas shells at a group of villagers trying to pull down a wall of Tata Motors' small car factory here. but Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata hopes that it would achieve top speed to make up for lost time.” Bhattacharjee warned the Opposition any agitation that damages the wall around the Tata project would not be tolerated. I stick to my stand. The land reforms department is also correct as per its records. It passed through Khaserbheri." Asked why the party leaders were protesting against the investigating agency when the chief minister had handed over the case to the CBI. Bhattacharjee said: “Till there were 287 acres left for which consent was to be sought. Basu said the chief minister had referred the case to the agency as he is also in charge of the home department. State CPM secretary Biman Bose went a step further. 10 August: The ambitious Rs 100. was produced in the Chandernagore court. Chandannagore chief judicial magistrate Pradip Bandyopadhyay rejected the bail prayer by Malik's counsel Kishore Saha. “Datta will defend himself in court which is considering the case. On the way there was a police camp. He said there was no damage to the wall. Ten policemen were posted at the camp.a CPM supporter who works with the temporary canteen at the Tata Motors site." Mishra said. without naming them. 22 July: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). They have all been asked to report to the CBI's Salt Lake office tomorrow. a day before Debu Malik. probing the Tapasi Malik rape and murder case in Singur. 21 July: A local court (Chandannagar) today rejected the bail plea of Debu Malik. CBI and RAW. are antagonistic towards us. CBI lawyer Partha Tapaswi had earlier said that the murder was engineered by Datta. The area remained tense for some time.” The chief minister said the WBIDC had set up camps in Singur that made “thousands of people” curious about the consent award. The two nightguards were interrogated on 20 July. the procession started from Beraberi. Replying to a query from Trinamool Congress MLA Saugata Roy. Emerging from a meeting of the party state secretariat." He wondered how CBI could issue sketches of four people. 15 July: Around 200 supporters of Krishi Jami Raksha Committee attacked a police camp near the Tata Motors factory site in Singur and chased away 10 policemen today. and remanded to judicial custody for another 14 days. and Krishna Barik ." he said. Today evening. “CBI is acting like a political party.
He alleged that a farmer from Bajemelia Uttarpara. alleged that Tata had insulted those who had launched a democratic movement against acquisition of farmland for their project. Bosepukur. Policemen resorted to tear gas shelling and lathicharge to disperse the agitators. 20 August: With the possibility of early elections looming large. were injured by stones hurled at them. Mr Pradip Biswas. still officially part of the Opposition NDA combine. Kolkata. SP. Referring to the controversy over land acquisition for the car project in Singur. was critically injured after a tear gas shell exploded on his head. Her party MP in Rajya Sabha. while police claimed that two policemen. also the leader of opposition in the West Bengal Assembly." Trinamool Congress General Secretary Partha Chatterjee told reporters here. keeping equal distance from Congress and NDA. this afternoon. attacked the boundary wall of the project site at five spots . said the attack on the wall would continue till the government returned the land.30 a. the Trinamool Congress leader also demanded to know the agreement between the West Bengal government and Tata Motors. 21 August: A key member of the CBI team investigating the sensitive Tapasi Malik murder case. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee seems to be playing her cards carefully. Trinamool Congress said Tata was speaking like a politician. Shitalatala . "This controversy is politically motivated." he said. was under the agency’s radar for quite some time due to his suspected role in a number of cases being investigated 32 . Congress leader from Bengal.meeting here. Mr Rajeev Mishra. Chatterjee. When some of the engineers got down from the vehicle to know what the problem was. were injured when agitating farmers in Singur once again clashed with the police while trying to inflict damage on the boundary wall of the Tata small car project site. Banerjee. also did not turn up for the NDA meeting saying "they were not aware of today’s meeting. The accused.m. today. in which a Singur CPM leader is allegedly involved. 11 August: A day after Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata's statement that vested interests were delaying the small car project at Singur. was seen as a move to build bridges with Congress. the women attacked them and damaged their car. About 10-12 engineers were on their way to the factory site to oversee the ongoing work around 8." While Banerjee found excuses to miss today's NDA meeting. A K Sahay. armed with pickaxes. The protestors claimed that they had damaged a portion of the boundary wall near Bosepukur." Tata said. Mr Becharam Manna. her long chat with parliamentary affairs minister P R Dasmunsi. The clash continued for at least oneand-a-half hours. in Parliament’s Central Hall on Monday. Mamata is ready to dump the NDA and join the Congress-led alliance to fight the CPM in West Bengal. has been booked by the agency for allegedly taking bribes to show favours to accused and suspects in probes in different cases. water and electricity were given to the Tatas free of cost. police said. Tata said that the project would lift farmers from a life of poverty. who is an SP posted at CBI’s special crime branch (SCR).m.30 p. convener. Police said more than 300 farmers. Security of the project site was tightened apprehending fresh attack. "Tata is speaking like a politician and his statements are like that of a politburo member of CPI(M). SKJRC. Those who were propagating the cause of farmers should do something for them.around 12. Dinesh Trivedi. Mr Ramesh Koley. Hooghly. 19 August: Five persons. Stating that land. arrived here yesterday night but failed to show up at the NDA meeting today morning. including a senior district police officer. If the UPA-Left ties break and snap polls are held soon. Beraberi and Gopalnagar. While 10-12 engineers had gone only a few hundred metres from the lodge near Natun Bridge in Gopalpur to oversee the work some women BUPC members blocked the road near Koleypara. The area remained tense following the incident. "I feel West Bengal is the most industry-friendly state and has an enlightened government and a pragmatic chief minister. who had rushed to the spot after being informed of the incident. it is believed. Locals said that three farmers sustained burn injuries from tear gas shells. including deputy superintendent of police (headquarters). Trouble erupted again at the Tata Motor’s small car project site in Singur today when a group of Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee activists attacked and assaulted engineers working on the project.Khaserveri. said that a total 150 tear gas shells were fired to disperse the mob.
the rental was stiffer in the later years. the lease rental would be fixed at Rs five crore per year with an increase at the rate of 30 per cent after every 10 years till the 60th year. Paul. this payment was to be made within 60 days of the deed being drawn out. the lease rental would be fixed at Rs 20 crore per year.” said a CBI official posted in Kolkata. Eight persons including three women and Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (SKJRC) convener Mr Becharam Manna were arrested in this connection. while rejecting charges of mala fide intentions against the state government in handing over land in Singur to Tata Motors. hearing public interest litigations against the Singur land deal. Tata Motors will pay Rs 1 crore annually for the first five years. Pal claimed that while the lease deed rentals provided a cushion at the beginning. He told the court that Tata Motors has already paid Rs 1 crore to WBIDC as the first year's rent. The remaining land will be used to set up ancillary units. WBIDC will receive Rs 20 crore every year for the next 30 years. "The allegations and material in the petitions do not disclose any mala fide exercise of powers by the state. Tata Motors would have to pay Rs 855. claimed that acquisition for a company is actually for public purpose.79 crore to West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) as rent over the 90 years of lease for its car plant at Singur. Dispelling allegations that the state government had handed over land for free. on an annual lease rental of Rs one crore per year for first five years with an increase at the rate of 25 per cent after every five years till 30 years. barrister Siddhartha Shankar Ray said as per land manual of 1991. On expiry of 30 years. Referring to submissions by counsel Siddhartha Shankar Ray and others appearing on behalf of petitioners. a screening committee was to be set up for acquisition of land. He said that WBIDC had given 645. Tata Motors counsel S Pal submitted that the company would on an average pay Rs 9. apprehending an attack on technicians travelling in the vehicle." he submitted. 22 August: Counsel Samaraditya Paul representing Tata Motors. the total rent payment for the first 45 years will be Rs 655 crore. he told the court that his client would shell out nearly Rs 1. 31 August: A clash between farmers and police ensued at Sahanapara crossing off Singur this morning after the former tried to intercept a vehicle belonging to Tata Motors. Pal submitted." Paul further submitted. The court has thereby not taken cognisance of such allegations.000 crore to West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation in the next 90 years for lease of 645 acres required for the mother plant. Paul submitted that they had not made any statements against Tata Motors. On the expiry of 60 years. Paul pointed out that the petitioners had not produced any particulars to establish any mala fide intention on the part of the state government. 27 August: Tata Motors today informed the Calcutta High Court it will pay Rs 855. According to the lease agreement. Tata Motors has taken a lease for valuable consideration and not received a gift as the uninformed petitioners have alleged. In this manner.5 crore per year to WBIDC. treated this complaint with the same seriousness as it treats complaints against outsiders and booked Sahay on Tuesday. After completion of Pal's submission. resorted to a lathicharge leaving six persons injured.under him. Policemen. Presenting the figures before a division bench comprising Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice P C Ghose. According to the lease deed submitted by Paul. This was submitted before the division Bench of Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice P C Ghosh.67 acres of land to Tata Motors on a 90-year lease. which has also been after its own corrupt men. tried to impress upon Calcutta High Court today.79 crore to WBIDC for 90 years. Adding up. which would remain unchanged till the 90th year. "There is every presumption in favour of the administration that power has been exercised bona fide and in good faith. the annual rent will be Rs 5 crore. even as a petition challenging land acquisition claimed that the state had gone beyond its jurisdiction to give land to the company. “The CBI. During the hearing of a PIL challenging acquisition of farmland at Singur. For the next 10 years. A senior district police 33 .
"I just cannot roll back the Tata Project. They tried to intercept the vehicle following rumours that Mr Ravi Kant was travelling in the car. the role of private investors and the rehabilitation policy. 15 September: CPM leader Suhrid Baran Dutta and party activist Debu Mallik. Having failed to control the mob. said a senior SKJRC member. ''We need your help. farmers spotted a Tata Motors’ vehicle approaching them. in the coming years.50 lakh units from the small car project in 2008 and the production is likely to touch 3. our government will seriously examine it. In another development. West Bengal Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirupam Sen said today. Therefore we have decided not to go on in Nandigram. 2. ''If you give your suggestions. beside the Singur project site. while some land could not be acquired due to litigation and the remaining refused to hand over land "due to confusion". armed with brooms and sticks erected a road block at Sahanapara crossing and started shouting slogans against the state government and Tata Motors’ chairman Mr Ratan Tata at around 9. the first year of its production.30 a.'' Bhattacharjee told captains of Indian industry at an interactive session here. He said many industrial units would come up on both sides of the Durgapur Expressway. he said." he said.'' he said.50 lakh in the coming years. 34 . Pradip Badhopadhyay in Chandannagar. Bhattacharjee said that 90 per cent farmers supported the Tata project and a small section of 'bargadars' (share croppers) and small farmers were opposing it. a police contingent led by the officer in charge of Singur police station Mr Priyabrata Baxi. The Tata Motors' small car will roll out in the middle of next year. Tata Motors will roll out 2. was coming to Singur to inspect the company’s proposed small car project site. West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today sought the help of the Confederation of India Industry (CII) in formulating a proper acquisition and rehabilitation policy for land losers. Policemen later escorted the vehicle to the project site.officer said that more than 100 farmers including a few women had gathered at Sahanapara crossing following rumours that the managing director of Tata Motors. Claiming that there was an overwhelming response from farmers to hand over their land for industry all over the state. Apprehending an attack on the boundary wall police chased away the farmers.m. farmers blocked railway tracks at Kamarkundu railway station in protest against the arrest of Mr Manna throwing train services in Howrah-Burdwan (chord) section out of gear for more than two hours this afternoon. the site of the Tata Motors car plant. policemen allegedly resorted to lathicharge in which six farmers including a woman was injured.000 people. I need this project for West Bengal." Sen told a CPM rally in Singur.50 lakh small cars will roll out of the Tata Motors project here and the figure will reach 3. "I hope that next year. Meanwhile. were today chargesheeted by the CBI. Sensing trouble. 17 September: Faced with stiff opposition against land acquisition for industry at Singur and Nandigram. reached the spot and tried to pacify the mob. Later senior SKJRC leaders including Mr Manna came to the spot and allegedly “insisted” farmers to attack the boundary wall of the project site. ''The opposition has successfully misled the people. The minister claimed that 70 per cent of Singur farmers gave their land voluntarily for the Tata project. The agitating farmers. The Chief Minister said his government had made mistakes at the political and administrative level on land acquisition. Sen said the state government has asked Tatas to involve the local people in area development programmes and the business group is training 3. The chargesheet was submitted by CBI investigation officer Parthasarathy Basu in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate. arrested in connection with the murder of Tapasi Malik in Singur. about 40 farmers led by local Trinamool Congress MLA Mr Rabin Bhattacharjee tried to force their way inside the project site through Khaserveri area. Mr Ravi Kant. Police said that technicians of Tata Motors were coming to Singur by the car which the farmers tried to damage. Meanwhile.50 lakh in the next few years. CII should form a committee to go into details on what should be the government's policy for land acquisition. Mr Bhattacharjee was detained in connection with the incident. ''But we cannot ignore them".
Srikanta's wife Aparna said. sent a letter (Number: 3392-S) to the secretary of the human rights body. chairs. The farmer. According to the complaint. informing the latter that the matter has been taken up with the state home department. Tata Motors officials have taken care to assuage feelings by flagging off its initiative to support the cause of primary and secondary school education in Singur. To push back the attackers. at a farmer. this is the fourth such incident in Singur since land acquisition started for the Tata car factory. The rights organisation had lodged a complaint with the Governor after the district police superintendent allegedly refused to initiate a probe into the police action. 19 October: After a lull of a few months. an NGO. "There is evidence to indicate that the accused was involved in infrastructure development work including selection of contractors for personal gain. injured. Four persons are still missing and have not been accounted for. Besides the Tapasi Malik rape-and-murder case. "The incentive offered to Tata Motors is quite lucrative. Police say he committed suicide. the Governor. 21 September: As reported by media today. Members of the Krishi Jami Raksha Committee. came in handy for Krishi Jami Raksha Committee (KJRC) that took out a rally today at Beraberi Purbapara to whip up sentiments against the state government. according to a survey conducted by Sameekshak Samannaya. which stated that governments should not acquire land for a private company under the guise of public purpose. Mr Adhikari. he did not comment on the proposed small car project of Tata Motors. the company provided desks. Eleven women were raped in Singur and 17 sexually tortured in Nandigram on March 14. has asked the state government to look into a complaint that policemen.Bajaj Auto feels the Tatas have got a very good deal at Singur. Today. which is opposing land acquisition for the factory. guarding the disputed site of the small car factory of Tata Motors in Singur. Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi. including five women and four policemen. was involved in infrastructure development work of the Tata Motors' small car project at Singur for "personal gains". Thirty-seven-year-old Srikanta Shee was found hanging from a guava tree near his house at Gopalnagar of Singur. a 28-year-old farmer from Bajemelia at Singur. who had not even participated in the demonstration. on 19 August this year when policemen resorted to tear gas shelling to quell a mob trying to damage the boundary wall of the proposed factory. "We were reduced to poverty. Bajemelia and Khasherberi. where large tracts of agricultural land have been acquired to make way for the Tata small car factory. sustained critical injuries to his head after the tear gas shell exploded. was working in his paddy field near the Singur car project site around 3 p. benches." 6 October: As media reported today. He became depressed. the CBI claimed that CPM leader in West Bengal Suhrid Dutta. while tackling demonstrators. One of the tear gas shells landed on Mr Koley's forehead. working in his fields.858 houses in 13 mouzas worst-affected by the incidents of March 14." Bajaj Auto vice-chairman Madhur Bajaj said on the sidelines of CII's national council meeting here today. cupboards and electrical fittings in addition to educational and sports materials to a primary school at Ruidaspara in Beraberi. carried out an "unprovoked attack" on policemen posted outside the boundary wall. Mr Ramesh Koley. fired tear gas shells. He used to graze cattle and work as a farm labourer but after acquisition of land both these occupations were gone.m. special officer of the Governor's secretariat. violence erupted outside the land acquired for the Tata Motors' small car factory in Singur today morning leaving at least 20 people. Mr Koley wasn’t even participating in the demonstration. However. causing him to be injured badly. 22 September: The mysterious death of a farmer near the Tata Motors factory triggered fresh tension in Singur today." said the agency in its 17-page chargesheet filed in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate of Chandannagar in West Bengal. 18 October: The recent Supreme Court ban on acquisition of “good agricultural land” has sent ripples through the far-flung villages of Beraberi. While releasing the report in Kolkata on Monday. Three of the injured policemen 35 . tables. former state land reforms commissioner Debabrata Bandyopadhyay said the figures had been compiled after a doorto-door survey at 2. Shee has been out of work for a month because the farmland where he worked has been acquired for the Tata project. On 10 September. The SC verdict. the police resorted to lathicharge and lobbed teargas shells.754 out of 6. Mr Ramesh Koley. one of the accused in the Tapsi Malik murder case.
Amar Kanti Acharya passed a direction in this regard today turning down the petition of defence counsel who sought a 15-day stay order against direction of the Hooghly district and session judge. 26 November: A month after completion of hearing. Hooghly District Judge Yudhisthir Haldar rejected the bail prayers of Dutta and Debu Malik and transferred the case to the Chandennagore First Track First court. Additional district and session judge of the Chandernagore first fast track court. was attended by Tata Motors general manager D Sengupta. Mr Judhisthir Haldar. Mr. sickles. addressed the gathering. connecting the small car plant site to the eastern flank of Durgapur Expressway to prevent traffic congestion when cars start rolling out next year. SUCI has also called a 12-hour Bangla bandh today. Suhrid Dutta and his associate Debu Malik -will be framed in the first fast track court in Chandernagore on 7 December. including hundreds of women. the Singur land acquisition case was today reopened before the Calcutta High Court following the apex court's ruling that no government had the right to acquire agricultural land on the plea that private industry would be set up in public interest. who sent the Tapasi Malik murder case to the Chandernagore court for trial on 26 November.Mr Rabindranath Bhattacharjee and convener of the Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (SKJRC). held at the WBIDC camp located within the site premises. Hundreds of villagers. the division bench said that it would study the apex court order. took part in a rally in Singur this afternoon to protest against the forcible acquisition of their farm land by the state government and the alleged “mass killing” in Nandigram by the CPI(M) cadres. Mr Dutta told the court that he moved the adjournment petition because his senior. A decision was also taken to dredge the Ghiakunti basin into which water drains out from the Julphia canal.500 farmers. Mr Becharam Manna. who is defending the murder accused CPI(M) leader. The Chandennagore First Track First Court will hear the matter on November 30. The bail applications of former CPI(M) Singur Zonal committee secretary Suhrid Dutta and Debu Mallik arrested by the CBI for their role in the murder of 18-year old Tapasi Malik were rejected by a court here today. The decision to build the flyover was taken at a meeting convened by West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) today. Ray cited the ruling of the Supreme Court on September 12. They first started hurling abuses at the policemen and then moved closer to the wall. Farmers who took part in the rally demanded that plots “taken away by the state government from the farmers at gunpoint” be returned to them immediately. armed with lathis. The case was reopened after the petitioners' lawyer Siddhartha Shankar Ray was allowed to submit a fresh application to the court on November 22. The hearing commenced before a division bench comprising Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice Pinkai Chandra Ghosh. The decision follows the flooding of neighbouring villages and inundating the factory site during this year’s rains. additional district magistrate Liyakat Ali and panchayat samiti sabhapati Ranjit Mondal. 30 November: Charges against the accused in the Tapasi Malik murder case -CPI(M) Hooghly district committee member. assembled outside the factory’s boundary at around 7 am. vegetable cleavers and water bottles filled with petrol. axes. 30 October: The programme to "paralyse" normal life in West Bengal by the Trinamool Congress stands as violence was still continuing in Nandigram.have been admitted to hospital. party chief Mamata Banerjee said today. Advocate of Dutta. 1 November: Tata Motors will construct a "right-turn flyover" in Singur. 36 . In his submission at the hearing. Advocate General Balai Ray said the land in Singur was acquired by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation for industrialisation to create employment opportunities and boost the economy of the area. She said it would also be against "forcible" acquisition of land at Singur and unnatural death of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rehman. Mr Arindam Mukherjee. 25 November: More than 1. was absent in the court today. While noting the Supreme Court judgement cited by S S Ray. Mr Sandip Dutta. moved a separate petition seeking that the process of framing of charges be adjourned for 15 days. The rally began from Kamarkundu railway station and ended at Ratanpur crossing off Durgapur Expressway near the Singur car project site where local Trinamool Congress MLA. The meeting.
Telcon is a joint venture between Tata Motors and Hitachi. However.200 crore in the first phase. CBI counsel Partha Tapasyii told the court that Dutta and Malik had not been given bail by the Calcutta High Court and should not be granted bail from this court as their release might hamper probe." The WBIDC official said that although the company planned to showcase the car at the upcoming Auto Expo at New Delhi this month. Shankar did not. 2008 1 January: The much-awaited "people's car" will roll out of the Singur factory on time. Today. "On Thurs-day. The government decided to implement a Rs 170crore irrigation project which would channelise the accumulated water through the Ghia and Kunti rivers near Singur. Shankar was jobless for weeks and depressed.750 people initially. the state government said today at the Writers' Buildings in presence of chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and commerce and industries minister Nirupam Sen. They will employ 2. Already. The state government may ask the Tatas to pitch in. which will go up to 4. an unemployed farm worker killed himself at Singur's Khaserbheri Shibtala today. nearly 55 vendors have agreed to come to Singur. too. There is no problem now. "The cars will roll out in the middle of 2008 as scheduled. Shankar then joined the anti-land acquisition movement." 17 December: A day after chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee talked about the wonder that Singur would be. Since we went against the government's plans. where he regularly found work. who also attended the meeting. we met 35 component makers interested in setting up shop at the vendor park near the Tata Motors plant in Singur. Telco Construction Equipment Company Ltd (Telcon) was allotted 250 acres in Kharagpur on a 99year lease to set up a Rs 600-crore heavy earthmoving equipment facility. 25 December: Senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee today came out in support of acquisition of land for industrial development and made a veiled criticism of Trinamool Congress which has been leading an anti farmland acquisition movement in West Bengal. The mother plant would require 640 acre and the vendor park 290 acre. Shankar Patra (48) was found hanging in the cattle shed behind his mud house around 2 pm. during which 64 witnesses would be examined in 20 working days. Though many farm hands got work at the factory site." The irrigation department is working round the clock to implement the Centre's 30-year-old GhiaKunti scheme. MP Rupchand Pal. The magistrate fixed January 28 to begin the trial. "Their combined investment in Singur will be Rs 2. a Tata Motors' official. are getting jobs. Earlier. Fast track court magistrate A Acharya. "We have nowhere to go. "This irrigation project is not just for the Tata unit — it's for the low-lying region around it. a west Bengal government official claimed today.000. Keshab Lal Mukherjee and Arindam Bhattacharjee prayed for bail. It's a master scheme for the entire region." 3 January: The assembly and roll-out of Tata Motors' small car would be from the Singur plant in the state and not from Pune or Uttarakhand as speculated." said widow Asha.7 December: A local court today framed charges against former CPM Singur zonal committee secretary Suhrid Dutta and coaccused Debu Malik in the murder case of 18year-old Tapasi Malik. said: "We expect to start commercial production in the middle of next financial year as stated in earlier occasions. The CBI had presented a well documented CD to the court which demonstrated their involvement in the case. But the state took over the land.200 crore. 13 December: The state’s Tata connection is getting stronger. when asked on the company's decision on location of the roll-out of the low-cost car. Tapasyii said. with a promised investment of Rs 2. for the Tata factory. Son Pratap said Shankar had taken to working in other people's farms after his tea-shop was burgled." State commerce and industries minister Nirupam Sen said. residents are cooperating because they. "It would be silly if the company rolled out the small car from a different plant. opposing Dutta's bail. This was in addition to the Rs 1500-crore investment to be made by Tata Motors at the plant. The commerce minister said. no one cares for us. who rejected their bail pleas. Dutta said he did not. it would be a prototype from the Pune plant. Dutta's counsel. said Pratap. Socialism for the world and capitalism for West Bengal — this is how chief minister 37 ." the official said. said. questioned Dutta whether he pleaded guilty.
At a press conference later in the day. including one located in Singur. "We don't think there is any scope for re-opening the Singur issue at this stage when the plant is nearing completion. Is it feasible to engage all of them? The Tatas. Candidates backed by the Trina-mul Congress and the Forward Bloc defeated their counterparts in the CPI(M) for the first time in the school's history. That party adventurism in Nandigram and land grab in Singur hit the CPI(M)’s support base in Hooghly hard became evident with the party losing control of managing committees of four schools. "The Jindals have taken land from a total 137 families. All the six Trinamool Congress-backed candidates emerged victorious as three-fourth of the total voters. 'Ganashakti'. he made out a strong case for capitalist industrialisation at the 42nd anniversary of the CPM's Bengali mouthpiece. but there is no way out. the CPI(M) lost six seats in the managing committee election of Fom-dhara High School. today. where it would be manufactured. who are parents of school students. is priced at Rs 1 lakh. 6 January: FB state secretary Ashok Ghose's said today that the Tata project should be shifted from the present location." he said. yesterday. Today Ratan Tata unveiled the Nano in Delhi's Pragati Maidan. today." But. voted against the CPI(M). The CPI(M) suffered a major setback after all its six candidates lost the election to the managing committee of Bansberia Boys’ School yesterday. The group claimed that the lands of many farmers at Singur were forcibly taken away by the West Bengal government which used CPM cadre for the purpose. "Some people say industrialisation is fine. activists of Delhi Soliderity Group. the CPI(M) had won all these six seats unopposed." CPI state council secretary Manju Kumar Majumder told reporters. And hundreds of kilometres away in Kolkata. all six CPI(M)-backed candidates. "Many people had doubts about the car. a visibly elated West Bengal industries minister Nirupam Sen said Nano was a pride for the state. the CM clipped his Leftism from offering a radical alternative to existing social order and said the Left goal now is give a human face to the market-driven path. who contested the election of the managing committee of Basubati Bijonbihari Girls’ School in Singur. and it's a matter of pride that it'll roll out from Singur. Local residents claimed that “land acquisition at gunpoint” and “Nandigram massacre” resulted in the defeat of CPI(M) candidates. as promised. Taking a U-turn from the Left demand for nationalisation of industries in the '60s. But the same can't be expected from the Tatas. They've no problems absorbing them when they are going to generate 18. But will that be a socialist mode? For them. the women were talking animatedly to curious journalists and distributing leaflets. In Polba. Where from shall we get the money? Our government doesn't have funds. At a public meeting in Singur today the FB leader had said that the land at Singur was fertile and no industrial plant would be allowed there. will be completed in time. dressed in white T-shirts stood out. clearing pointing to the sea change in the CPM's mindset till the '80s when bourgeois was a dirty word. have been defeated by their counter-parts in the Trinamool Congress. a forum of left-leaning individuals and organizations. Written in bold red on their T-shirts were provocative blurbs like "The Rs 1 lakh car has Singur people's blood on it" and other such slogans. a partner of the ruling Left Front today distanced itself from constituent Forward Bloc's stand that the Tata Motors small car project at Singur should be relocated to Kalaikunda in West Midnapore district. 10 January: The West Bengal government (state Industry Minister Nirupam Sen) today expressed happiness over Tata Motors unveiling its much-awaited people's car 'Nano'.Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has charted out his development path. a group of six women. given the constraints of a state government. around 20 kilometre from Singur. 11 for a first look at Tata's Nano car. Standing in a single line. According to reports. We acquired land for their small-car factory in Singur from a total 12. amid the huge mass of mediapersons and other people gathered inside Hall No. I am aware of the sweat and tears that capital brings with it. and said the Singur project." Coming to terms with the changing times.000 jobs. I would like to say that industrialisation in West Bengal has to follow the capitalist course. 7 January: The CPI.000 families. The car. six farmers from Singur claimed they had 38 . He wants Left Front partners to appreciate the changing times and take a pragmatic stand on agriculture and industry. however. have introduced a training programme and will absorb some from the land-losers. In 2005.
Some petitioners had relied on a recent Supreme Court order in which it had quashed a bid by a private company and the government of Punjab to acquire agricultural land for a tractor company. It was in December last year that West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) had decided to cut down the number of night guards at the factory site. a state body. mechanics and contractors from doing their work. Landowners who are not satisfied with the compensation amount may move the land acquisition collector. chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told a massive gathering of CPM workers on Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata today. We don't need to be told by Congress or Trinamool Congress about what needs to be done for the farmers. Today. We want to see how many people will get jobs once these industries come up. Bhattacharjee. 8 February: Over 500 farmers today blocked the Durgapur Expressway near Singur demanding the return of agricultural land that they alleged has been forcibly acquired from them for the Tata small car project. 13 January: The state government will take full responsibility of farmers and their families who give away land for industrial projects.not taken the compensation being offered for their farmland. said they were not concerned about the name of the business group or country coming for investment — what mattered was jobs. "The state's image will receive a boost and companies will no longer feel jittery about setting up shop in the state. then it is the government's responsibility to ensure that the family gets a new source of income and livelihood. "If land has been taken away from farmers. Bhattacharjee said. American or Chinese companies. Business associations today said the Calcutta High Court judgment on Singur will restore investors' faith in Brand Bengal and open the floodgates for a greater inflow of capital. compensation has been paid by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC)." Today's judgment has been on hold since August 30 last year. "Tatas are training some local youths at ITIs." CII eastern region chairman and JSW Bengal Steel joint MD Biswadip Gupta said. The bench observed there was no malafide intention on the part of the state in acquiring land there. "We are not bothered who will buy the car manu-factured at Singur. According to the police. paving way for Tata Motors' Nano to roll out from there. among others. but for some strange reason it waited for the day of the unveiling of the Nano to inform the 131 retrenched workers. but they have given no assurances on whether they would be absorbed. In Singur. saying only 12 people had been given jobs so far and that too as security guards. with local CPM activists barging into the walled-off factory site and stopping engineers." he said at the open session of CPM's state conference. Dhoot has been one of the biggest champions of the state's industrial potential in the recent past. The press conference was addressed by Medha Patkar. 18 January: In a major boost to the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government. "It can come from the Tatas. "The HC judgment will restore credibility in the state's industrialization drive. A division bench comprising Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh dismissed all the 11 petitions against land acquisition in Singur." he said. that is not the issue. The state remains committed to industrialization." 11 January: The fracas over retrenchment of security guards started yesterday when Ratan Tata was unveiling the Nano and spilled on to today." Assocham president and Videocon chairman Venugopal Dhoot said. The embarrassed CPM top brass distanced itself from the agitation but local leaders felt the agitation was "justified". who had once said "money has no colour". The message to the Opposition and dissenting Left Front partners: "there will be no looking back". What is important is that 6. That is the only criteria. Calcutta High Court today put its seal on the state's land acquisition in Singur. Jindals. The government cannot shy away from this responsibility. the sacked guards led by flagflaunting Citu men stormed into the factory site around 8 am. It wasn't long before the CPM top brass came to know of it. The protesters also questioned Tata's claim that they would provide employment to locals at the plant. the farmers and the Trinamool Congress activists blocked 39 . "There was no colourable exercise of power by the government during acquisition of the land.000 people will get work there. leading to chaos all through yesterday. Protests broke out. but in balance with agriculture. Party leaders at the Alimuddin Street headquarters frantically called up the Hooghly CPM office at Serampore to stop the agitation.
will supply 60% of these assemblies. Kalipada Majhi.the highway near Haterchawk-Beltola area leading hundreds of vehicles getting stranded. farmers gave away seven acres to WBIDC to revamp the sewer network in the area.5 acres he used to share with others was acquired for the Tata Motors plant here died today. allegedly of malnutrition.67 acres of land had been leased out to Tatas at throwaway prices and said: “The government has the power to form any policy and/or to exempt from paying various claims for the sake of greater interest of the state. To meet Tata's ambitious cost targets. “The state government thinks that the implementation of the project at Singur will play a pivotal role with regard to developments in the field of modern industry in all respects not only in Singur. out of which a major portion of land is not fit for cultivation or not at all fertile. The West Bengal government refuted allegations that 645. 29 February: As media reported today.000 more acres of land would be acquired for two dozen companies of an available 2.” the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government said. When Chakrabarty tried to intervene. Only a probe will reveal whether he died of malnutrition. He was left with no land to till after the acquisition for the Tata project.” The association had alleged that soon 43. Selected inner structural panels will be pressed and assembled by Caparo at a new facility in Singur. "WBIDC officers have not kept the promise they made while taking land from the farmers for the sewerage system. They asked the officers what they were doing all this while. of Beraberi Purbapara. 45. the manufacturer of the world's highest performance road-capable hyper car. a section of intellectuals and human 40 . with the rest being manufactured in-house by Tata. did not respond when his wife Kalpana called him at 7am today. Singur police station officer-in-charge Priyabrata Bakshi came to the spot but fled only to return with a huge force. They dragged out surveyor Gautam Do and driver Asok Das and started beating them up." he said. the Caparo T1. But that is yet to happen." Caparo Group CEO Angad Paul said today. when officials and surveyors reached the spot to carve out the road. The body structure of the new Rs one lakh Tata Nano car will be built by NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul-owned Caparo Group. about 100m from the project site. Trouble broke out around 1 pm when villagers stopped the two cars returning from the site and searched for the officers. "The body technology is relatively conventional. the West Bengal government has told the Supreme Court that the Singur venture would lead to rapid industrialisation of the state. WBIDC officers promised an alternative plot for setting up the crematorium. The state was responding to the apex court’s notice to it on a petition filed by the Karnataka Landless Farmers Association. Block development officer Prasenjit Chakrabarty and Singur panchayat samiti sabhapati Ranjit Mandal were also heckled by the mob. the mob pushed him back into the car.” 2 March: Criticising the chief minister for awarding the Seva medal to an IPS officer. 10 February: A man rendered jobless after the 1. Caparo. 25 February: Angry farmers thrashed West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) surveyors today for being denied the price of land they had given to the latter.” said Chandernagore subdivisional officer Shekhar Roy.25 lakh arable and arid land. Caparo has installed a new semiautomated production line with zero fault forward quality control systems. On hearing the news. Tension was brewing in the villages since the original road to Bablabandh from Khasherbheri village was cut off after Tata Motors fenced off the site for the small car factory. In the meantime. accused of torturing women and farmers in Singur. SDPO Kalyan Mukherjee finally rescued the officers. which was complaining against the states’ recent policy to increasingly target agricultural land for setting up industries and SEZs. Rejecting this. but also throughout the state of West Bengal. But he conceded that the villagers also had genuine grievances. Even a local crematorium was fenced off. adjacent to the Tata Nano manufacturing plant in West Bengal. CPM-backed Pragatishil Shechchhaye Shilposthapan Samity convener Dibakar Das condemned the attack on government officers. but the manufacturing technology is the result of very sophisticated analysis to ensure high-quality. Today. the state said: “Though a few thousand acres of lands are under examination for setting up industrial units in different districts of the state. “I was told that Kalipada was a sharecropper and had been ailing. who has ordered an inquiry. Khasherbheri villagers flocked near the Ujjal Sangha Club. low-cost production.
3 March: As media reported today. who has been accused of assaulting women farmers and Ms Anuradha Talwar. West Bengal and Tripura. Mr Asit Paul. Rajkumar Biswakarma. The Singur CPM has taken up their case and submitted a memorandum to CPM MP Anil Basu. Sub-divisional Police Officer. The body was sent for postmortem. “But if the government forces farmers to accept the cheques. The meeting was held to chalk out the party’s plans before the panchayat elections. while the panchayat samiti will issue the no-objection certificates in consultation with the gram panchayats. Kalyan Mukherjee said. Mukherjee said it was yet to be ascertained whether it was a case of homicide or accident. the aggrieved are those from the CPM who helped the government hasten the small car project despite all odds. They include the homeless people awaiting rehabilitation and a host of local security guards. who hails from Andal in Burdwan district. suppliers. “People should understand the importance of development in this region. 7 April: Caparo Group chairman. "So only 23 per cent was left for the industry and that has been filled up. While 63 per cent of the land was agricultural." he said apparently referring to the opposition in Nandigram and Singur. "There is a problem in acquiring land (for industries) in West Bengal. Bhattacharjee recently awarded the Seva medal to IPS officer.11 acres of Singur land stands approximately at Rs 110 crore. was working as a dumper driver. West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said the state has to move ahead with industrialisation despite problems. The government is yet to issue 2. 28 March: A man was found dead inside the Tata Motors' small car project site in Singur today. According to district administration. said Britain has a special affection for Bengal. 50% of the earnings will go to the respective panchayats and the rest would go to the Singur panchayat samiti.right activists have decided to meet Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi to complain about Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.000 cheques to individual land-losers.” he said. adding that he was found dead at Joymolla locality inside the site with his head allegedly being smashed. who will be going to Singur tomorrow. 13 per cent was forest cover and one per cent fallow. we will keep preventing them from following the government diktat. Hooghly. "It is good to see that the state is forging ahead in industrialisation and third in economic growth among 41 . Becharam Manna. the marginal farmers of Bajemelia and Khaserbheri villages in Singur — many of whom had earlier protested against the land acquisition for the car factory — have finally started collecting their compensation cheques from the Chinsurah collectorate office. We cannot stop here and we must move ahead. 30 March: As media reported today. The convener of the Krishi Jami Raksha Committee." he told reporters replying to a question here. Individual landowners have so far collected Rs 95 crore for giving up their land. truck operators and people whose bills are pending with the government for months. And this time. The issue was part of the discussion at the CPM congress on the performance of the Left-ruled states of Kerala. said his organization has not prevented anybody who wanted to collect the compensation cheques. CPM MP Anil Basu said the farmers could have accepted their cheques earlier had they not been prevented by a section of local people. police said. the valuation for the 997. Mr. 8 March: Fresh trouble is brewing in Singur. Chandannagar. the state panchayat department has worked out a revenue sharing mechanism for the three-tier panchayat system — right from the zilla parishad down to the gram panchayat level — for the local bodies to spearhead development projects in the Singur area. former additional superintendent of (Headquarters). 2 April: Notwithstanding the opposition fac-ed by government in acquiring land for industries.” he said. Engineers attached to the zilla parishads will examine the technical aspects of the applications and issue the trade licence as also the necessary sanction for the building plan. Party activists present at the meet resented the way the state government and the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation have denied wages to the daily labourers for months that they feared would be put on the back burner. once the Nano car rolls out of the Singur factory. who came to address a closed-door party meeting in Singur today. those who helped surveyors. According to the mechanism devised by state panchayat secretary Manabendra Nath Roy. a human rights activist near the Singur small car project site last year for protesting against the land acquisition. They feel let down now.
For the first time in the past 30 years." Lord Paul’s Caparo engineering will be supplying components to the Tatas. praised the Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya's handling of the controversial Tata Motors plant at Singur. the CPM had control of all the three Zilla Parishad seats. But unlike East Midnapore Zilla Parishad. submitted before the court that it had invested over Rs 1. the area where the Tata factory is coming up. “It's an oversimplification to suggest that our defeat in Midnapore East. 21 May: The seventh Panchayat poll results in West Bengal today threw up a harsh political reality for the Marxist-led Left Front.. disunity among the Left Front partners on the question of industrialisation. the CPM managed to win the Hooghly Zilla Parishad. Several factors contributed to our poor showing in those areas and these include our failure to convince the farmers about the need for industrial growth along with agricultural development. Central committee member. "I do not think that there is any other option. addressed a meeting at Kamarkundu. Tata Motors. 13 May: Tata Motors' Rs one lakh car Nano project is still driving on bumpy streets. corruption in a section of panchayats. said today. South 24-Parganas and North Dinajpur means a rejection of our policy. The CPM managed only 8. We will have to industrialise and work for a better world.000 crore in the project and any delay would increase the cost of the car. I have learnt politics from the state of Bengal and we all defend Tata for expanding its industrial activities in our country. Singur in Hooghly.. "There was never dearth of quality manpower here.the states here. The CPI(M) won't roll back its controversial policy of industrialisation through farmland acquisition despite the defeat it suffered in areas it sought aggressively to implement its policy. Tata is a global industrialist. There’s no doubt about it and we have no quarrel with the industrial arrangements of Tata. alienation of the party from the people in many areas and communal propaganda by the PDCI leader Mr Siddiqulla Chowdhury among the rural population. which includes Nandigram. "I have not learnt politics from Lord Paul. although the Calcutta High Court had earlier upheld the land acquisition exercise. The chief minister. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by Kedar Nath Yadav." Paul said. the state government and the West Bengal State Industrial Development Corporation (WBSIDC) today and posted the matter for further hearing in July. 8 April: The NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. the quality manpower is the biggest advantage of Bengal. According to Paul. The CPM and CPI had won 32 of the 44 Panchayat Samiti ( the middle tier) seats in 2003. the results reflected a distinct dent in its rural support base. who sought immediate halt of Tata Motors' project." he added. Mr Benoy Konar." he said after visiting Tata Motors and Caparo Engineering's plants here. "I cannot give a certificate to him (Lord Paul) because he is pleading for Tata because Tata is giving him business. A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan while issuing notice to the company. This is a business venture nothing else." The Trinamool Congress president said. who is on a business visit to the Tata's Singur plant. Singur. a practicing lawyer. we certainly do not approve the manner in which the whole thing is being done by the Chief Minister. the state directorate of employ-ment had said that Tata Motors Limited (TML) has not notified any vacancy to any of the employment exchanges in Hooghly district so far. all the three Zilla Parishad seats have been won by Trinamool which also won 37 of the 45 Panchayat Samiti seats this time. In Singur Block 1. which proposes to roll out the world's cheapest car Nano from the Singur facility. Though the state government has justified the acquisition of fertile farm land in Singur by stating that the Tata Motors’ small car factory will provide both direct and indirect employment. This year. We are not changing the position despite the good works of Lord Paul. The company had earlier requested the apex court not to pass any orders on the petition without hearing it. The information from the state labour department made it official that no large-scale direct employment would be provided in the small car factory in 42 . with the Supreme Court seeking to know why the West Bengal government acquired farm land for the project in Singur that has now become a site of a political battle between Mamta Banerjee's TMC and the ruling CPI(M) combine. 22 May: As media reported today. but to industrialise.” Mr Konar said. State Congress Chief and Union Minister Priyaranjan Das Munshi said. However.
“Work is going on. Tata Motors Limited has not notified vacany/vacancies to any of the employment exchanges in Hooghly district.” Manna said. had claimed that all 180 students from the land-loser families in Singur had undergone training in various Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and were absorbed in either the Pune factory of Tata Motors or other subsidiaries of the group. We want work. told from Indonesia today. however. two SEZs and two bridges. Dumpers and trucks entered the premises carrying iron beams and coils. many of whose infrastructure projects fall in the rural belt captured by the Trinamool Congress. No sooner has Trinamool Congress come to power in Singur and its surroundings. admitted that people had differences with the government’s style of functioning. While replying to questions under the Right To Information Act submitted by Mr Salil Kapat. we want locals to be given priority when jobs are given. Mr Nirupam Sen. The villagers. The Tata project will be completed in due course. Earlier. Responding to a question on the Trinamool leadership’s threat of halting construction of the Tata Motors factory at Singur. I am confident of getting support from the new zilla parishad.” he added. the deputy director of employment of state labour department. “We will have to take a lesson. “We are investing in the state. “The anger was against CPM. too. And democracy is not a risk for us.” said Tarun Malik.Singur. That the resentment against land acquisition had crossed the boundary walls of Singur became evident after Trinamool won eight gram- 43 . is no longer calling for pulling down the boundary wall. The group’s proposed projects include a six-lane highway connecting Barasat in North 24-Parganas to Raichak in South 24-Parganas. The Salim group is one of the investors in NKID. state commerce and industries minister. no attacks on its boundary walls and no potshots at those going to work at the site. to be fair. a tea stall owner at Bajemelia. a host of industrial clusters and housing projects.” Prasoon Mukherjee. Hooghly. where the zilla parishad will be formed by Trinamool. saying “there is no question of a review or rollback of the industrial policy”. The projects would develop the area. However. Trinamool went on to win the gram panchayat seats as well. Trinamool will be doing the same thing that CPM has done so far. work went on smoothly at the Singur plant. The minister also said some had even refused a job. Some of these projects are slated to come up in South 24-Parganas. stated: "As is revealed from the deputy director of employment. there is little hope for common or garden variety of residents of Singur as far as gainful employment at the TML factory is concerned. Despite fears of trouble at the Tata Motors factory after the change in the power equation. All the 16 seats in Kamarkundu. has said the consortium was “investing in the state” and expressed confidence of getting the support of the new zilla parishad. There has been no tirade against the Nano factory coming up fast in Singur. suggesting that the change in political equations need not come in the way of development projects. Industry minister Nirupam Sen also sought to reassure potential investors.” said a factory spokesperson. but that does not mean they have voted against industrialisation in Bengal. After securing the three zilla parishad seats in Singur. which CPM had never lost. Sen said: “The question does not arise. convener of Indian Society for the Fundamental and Human Rights. Those who are speaking against the factory are not doing the right thing. want an end to the politics of disruption.” Mukherjee added. An associate of the Salim group. the reply sent to Mr Kapat on 16 May revealed that Tata Motors is yet to approach the local employment exchanges for recruiting local residents for its Singur factory.” 23 May: As media reported today. Doluigachcha (KGD) gram panchayat went to Trinamool. had never promised large-scale recruitment for the car factory. as well as the Singur-I seat. which spearheaded the movement against land acquisition. the director of New Kolkata International Development (NKID). Gopalnagar." Mr Kapat had asked whether TML ever intimated to the state labour department as to how they would recruit prospective employees for their factory at Singur and whether Tata Motors ever approached any of the employment exchanges for personnel recruitment for their proposed small car factory. Now. convener of the Krishi Jami Raksha Committee. the letter from the labour department has made it official that apart from the few students from land-loser families who have undergone training in the ITIs.Sen. “We know India is not China. Though Mr Sen. Trinamool’s Becharam Manna. it has started speaking the language of Industrialization. It is a democracy. “CPM paid the price for ignoring people’s wish.
” the TMC chief said. Basu said: “We understand that the opposition has entered into a grand alliance against us. It has been decided that from now on. In the wake of the uproar over Singur. If they want the factory to remain. Our agitation will continue in Singur as people have voted us to power. The villagers lobbed bricks. even as work in the area went on unhindered. “I knew that the land in Singur was fertile and farmers had grievances over acquisition. Nearly 200 SKJRC supporters tried to raze the boundary wall of the premises. including Dankuni.” said the TMC chief. On Wednesday (21 May). he knew the area was fertile and that farmers were opposed to acquisition but his hands were tied. she criticised the Singur police for using force to thwart the farmers’ movement. People have voted us to power. where the party’s two-day state committee meeting started today. 25 May: Bolstered by the victory in panchayat elections. We will have to gear up for that and win them back who have left us. Talking to reporters at the CPM’s state headquarters at Alimuddin Street. Veteran CPM leader Jyoti Basu said the party will have to learn from its past mistakes and work together for better results in the coming elections. he also admitted taking “hasty steps in Nandigram”. “Time and again I have been saying that we are not against industry. security has been beefed up for labourers engaged in dredging the canals around the Singur small car project site after reports that they had been threatened by some unidentified men. The policemen lobbed 14 rounds of teargas shells. “We have told the boys to stay away from the factory. It is of vital importance to us. trinamool Chief Ms. But I want the government to return the land to other farmers. If that happens the factory may come up. The clash continued for nearly two hours. We have nothing against it. Sensing the changing political equation at the ground level. where land was acquired for a housing project.panchayats. Till now. Some people might have sold their land at Singur because they needed money. but no rallies went towards the factory site. the district administration was quick to react. Bhattacharjee had earlier said the Tatas had zeroed in on the area for their car plant though the government offered land elsewhere. Trinamool leaders have not complained about this decision so far. We would have welcomed the decision had fertile land not been snatched for the factory’s purpose. I have nothing to say regarding this. A few hours later. the Hooghly zilla parishad — which has been retained by CPM — will look after the administrative needs of the project. around 10. Mamata Banerjee asserted that her party will not compromise with the legitimate demand of farmers whose land was forcefully acquired by the government. addressing a public rally at Singur’s Kamarkundu Bharati Maidan. mutations etc. Trinamool’s Beraberi grampanchayat member. it will remain. These included submission of building plans. They set afire two watchtowers inside the premises and clashed with the police.000 party supporters assembled at Singur High School. 7 June: As media reported today. 28 May: The Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said today that she had no objection to the Tata Motors project at Singur if the government returned the 400 acres of land to those farmers who did not accept compensation. “Let Mamata say clearly whether she wants industry or not.” said Dipankar Ghosh. Police suspect that those who had threatened the labourers are Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Singur Committee (SKJRC) supporters. Though the organisation denied 44 . Today. all administrative decisions regarding the Tata Motors project were taken by the Singur panchayat samiti. members of Trinamool Congress-backed Singur Krishi Jami Raksha Committee attempted to storm the Tata Motors’ project area in Singur today around 1 pm.” Basu said it was not possible to meet Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s demand to return 400 acres of land to Singur farmers who have not received compensation. Any sabotage attempt at the factory will not be tolerated. 27 May: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told his cabinet core committee today that while planning to take over land in Singur.” said the CPM leader. Miss Mamata Banerjee said today. “I request the state government to give back 400 acres to farmers who have not received the compensation. 26 May: Mr Jyoti Basu must ask his party to accept the people's verdict in Singur to make the state government return 400 acres of land forcibly occupied from the owners for the small car project. injuring one constable. But I was dragged into Singur.” a minister quoted the chief minister as saying. Terming today’s incident as an isolated one.
Mr Arun Kumar Bhattacharya. Mr Kapat had submitted questions under the RTI Act on 8 June. had to issue an order asking the state public information officer of West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation to provide information to Mr Salil Kapat. The unidentified men threatened the labourers with harm if they were seen again in the area. were also told to stop work and leave Singur. “We have never threatened labourers. 2007 seeking some particulars about the land deal between Tata Motors and the state government. “No panchayat representative of our party should cooperate with the Tata project without my permission. department of finance and department of commerce and industries. had earlier urged labourers to abstain from work on the project and support the causes of the farmers. Mamata said: “Villagers are with us. we will block Durgapur Expressway. he said. We will take to the ultimate. other labourers who were excavating a canal near Dobandhi.” 13 June: The West Bengal state government is not transparent enough to divulge details of the land leased out to Tata Motors in Singur. A fresh movement will be started from 14 June. He wanted to know the names of the parties between whom the deed of transfer or lease was executed regarding the land for Tata Motors in Singur. Villagers will perform their festivals — from Durga Puja to Eid — on the expressway itself. but he denied that the organisation had ever threatened them.” said Mamata. With the party winning 15 of the 16 gram panchayats in Singur block. But Mamata had left the place by then to meet the Muslim families in 45 . some unidentified men threatened Mackintosh Burns labourers who were at work near Bosepukur on 22 May. Mr Arun Kumar Bhattacharya.the allegation. Finally the state chief information commissioner. Becharam Manna. I will kick off the movement on August 20.” Mr Manna said. The government should return the land by August 20. Mr. The convener of the Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee (SKJRC). conducted a hearing where concerned authorities from the finance department and WBIDC were present. they were requested to abstain from work to express solidarity to farmers whose agricultural plots were taken away forcefully. According to a police officer. it has iterated its intent to stall work on the project. failing which she threatened to launch an indefinite stir in Singur block.” Taking the cue. He said that SKJRC supporters would stall work on the project if the government refused to return the land plots acquired for the project to farmers. Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee addressed a rally with the newly elected panchayat representatives of her party today and announced total non-cooperation with the Tatas. He added: “We will not allow labourers to enter the project site. The state chief election commissioner. The labourers may have been threatened by some others.” the Trinamool chief said. convener of Indian Society for the Fundamental and Human Rights. the commissioner ordered the WBIDC to furnish all the information to Mr Kapat within 15 days. After the hearing. there will be no rally. The next day. Mr Kapat then made two appeals to the West Bengal Information Commission seeking justice. The public mandate has gone against setting up the car factory in Singur. Some local activists even went near the boundary wall of the Tata factory. He also wanted to know about the market value of the land assessed by the registering authority including the details of the deficit stump duty and registration fee payable thereon. this time. she asked the government to return the land it has forcibly acquired from unwilling farmers. These details which the applicant sought were related to two departments. Mamata also announced a deadline for the government. and whether any exemption was granted in respect of the registration. If it does not. “I mean it. Krishi Jami Raksha Committee convener and newly elected panchayat samiti member Becharam Manna asserted that the Trinamool-run panchayats will not allow the Tatas to put up electric wires or electric posts. The commerce and industries department was ready to provide the information within its purview. but the the finance department had allegedly refused to provide information on their part citing some technical problems. regarding the land deal in Singur when he faced bureaucratic buck passing for nearly a year after submitting questions in this regard under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. 14 June: The Tata Nano factory in Singur is in for trouble. And. Serving an ultimatum to the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government. Instead. a day after the panchayat election results were declared. We will go by their wishes and not at the whims of the state government.
His department also wants the solatium doubled from 30 per cent.” he said. 1894. under the scrutiny of the parliamentary committee along with the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill. The note will be sent to the committee after it is vetted by the CPM state secretariat and the central leadership. says the government can acquire 30 per cent of the land required for private projects provided the remaining 70 per cent is directly purchased by the investors. the state land and land reforms department has said there “should not be any ceiling” on the amount of land to be acquired by the government. which makes direct purchase cumbersome. “We are opposed to the ceiling not only because of fragmented landholding in Bengal. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told a rally in North 24-Parganas’ Deganga.’’ In Singur. In its note to the parliamentary standing committee on the amendment bill to the Land Acquisition Act.” He wants the government to give back 40 per cent of the acquired plot to landlosers after developing it. 15 June: As media reported today. which leased it out to Tata Motors. where the CPM lost the rural polls. jobs. the state government wants to hold on to the option of land acquisition as in Singur despite the political price it paid in the rural polls and the Centre’s bid to promote direct purchase by investors. that the industrialisation drive would continue because “we have to provide jobs to educated youths”. “We need jobs. where two persons died in a road accident. Mollah said: “It would help the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation and other agencies to hold land that can be leased out for private or joint sector projects. Although the department has “no objection” to the Centre’s proposals for paying land-losers the plots’ “prospective value” — or shares of the industries to be set up — the party and the government are yet to make up their mind. those who sold their land willingly had received 30 per cent over the plot price as solatium. The amendment bill. “The law now makes provision for payment of six times the price of a year’s yield. but also because it deprives many land-losers of a solatium. The state wants 50 per cent of the land price as compensation for sharecroppers. Mollah said: “The bill says the prospective value will be offered only when the land is not used for the original purpose. The land department’s note wants provisions “for acquisition for government companies… development authorities and local bodies”. the government had transferred land to the corporation. It also wants “provision for land acquisition for infrastructure like industrial parks… by the government or its undertakings” as well as for education and healthcare facilities. The Singur farmers were paid 25 per cent.” he said. government offices and housing. jobs.Chanditalla. But we are laying stress on the cancellation of the lease in such cases. 2007. In Singur. 46 .’’ land minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah said.
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