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Farmers support India's Reliance Retail company despite communist resistance

Farmers support India's Reliance Retail company despite communist resistance

A farmers' group is supporting Reliance Retail Ltd.'s plan to open Western-style grocery stores in an Indian state, where communists recently attacked Reliance stores under construction.
About 200 residents of West Bengal state's Sangi village blocked a road for about an hour Thursday to show support for the retail company, a fully owned subsidiary of Indian oil and petrochemical giant Reliance Industries, said local government administrator D.P. Chakrabarty.
The demonstration ended peacefully and no serious disturbance was reported in Sangi, 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of the state's capital, Calcutta.
Reliance closed down a vegetable and fruit procurement center in Sangi after workers from the Forward Bloc, a communist political party on Aug. 18 attacked two of its retail stores, which had been set to open in Calcutta in August. The company has indefinitely postponed the center's opening due to the attacks.
The Forward Bloc fears that large, company-run retail stores like Reliance could cost jobs and livelihoods by squeezing out some of the roughly 12 million small, family-run shops that dominate India's retail market _ estimated at more than US$250 billion (


Updated : 2021-04-23 08:24 GMT+08:00