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2 reportedly die in clash between Indian farmers, communist party supporters

2 reportedly die in clash between Indian farmers, communist party supporters

Local farmers and supporters of the communist-controlled state government clashed in India's West Bengal state on Sunday, firing guns and exploding homemade bombs that killed two people and injured two others, a communist leader said.
The clash erupted when communist supporters tried to enter Nandigram village and were blocked by members of the Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh, or Land Acquisition Resistance Committee, said Nirmal Jana, a local Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader.
"Two of our supporters were killed," Jana told The Associated Press.
The committee opposes now-abandoned plans by the communist state government to build an industrial park on their land to attract overseas investors with generous tax breaks.
Raj Kanojia, an inspector-general of police, confirmed one death, but said police were still determining the total number of casualties.
Tensions in the area have been high since March, when 14 people died in clashes between police and farmers in the southern part of West Bengal state, of which Calcutta is the capital. Communist politicians have ruled West Bengal state for more than three decades.
Violent first erupted in Nandigram on Jan. 7 after the leak of a government plan to acquire 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares) of land in the area, and to build a petrochemical plant and shipyard.
The violence prompted the federal government to temporarily suspend plans to establish scores of special economic zones.
The hastily formed Land Acquisition Resistance Committee organized protests. Its members dug up roads and set up roadblocks to prevent outsiders from entering the area.


Updated : 2021-05-13 03:09 GMT+08:00