Demand to probe tea land deal

Siliguri, Nov. 17: A forum fighting for people displaced during the construction of the Uttarayon township has demanded a judicial inquiry into the Chandmoni Tea Estate’s transfer of land to the project and the deaths of two garden workers in a police firing in 2002.

The Chandmoni Tea Estate Anti-Eviction Joint Action Committee raised the demand in a memorandum sent to Mamata Banerjee two days ago.

“We demand a judicial inquiry into the land deal and the death of two garden workers in a police firing while they were protesting against the acquisition of the plot. Rules had been violated when the tea garden land was converted into a township project, under which several high-rises and shopping malls have been built,” Abhijit Majumdar, a state committee member of the CPIML (Liberation), told journalists here today.

“Further, the state government and the realtor have failed to keep their promises that tea plants would be grown on at least 150 acres within the township and 500-odd workers of the estate would be rehabilitated.”

The committee consisted of different non-governmental organisations and right groups. It said the government had handed over 406.64 acres to the private company against a sum of Rs 13.92 lakh in 2002. It said the actual valuation of the plot was Rs 100 crore.

Majumdar said the demand for the judicial probe had been raised in the wake of the government’s decision to start inquiries into the land dispute at Rajarhat in Calcutta and firing in Marichjhapi.

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