More than 200 construction workers and engineers of the Tata Motors car project in Singur were stranded inside the plant on Wednesday.
Their exit was blocked by activists of an anti-farmland acquisition group.
Tata officials said the activists of the Paschimbanga Khet Majur Samity led by social activist Anuradha Talwar blocked the exit. Talwar said the blockade would continue till the 400 acres taken from “unwilling” farmers was returned.
In Kolkata, the CPI(M) and the Left Front government have decided not to use force to break the agitation launched by Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose had recently told Front leaders that any move to end Mamata’s agitation by force could snowball into a Nandigram-like situation. They said such a move could not be taken with Lok Sabha polls due in less than a year.
It is learnt that the CPI(M) top brass has told its cadres to maintain restraint and refrain from staging militant processions near the site where Mamata’s camping.
Bhattacharjee instructed top cops that their men should be posted only to protect the factory wall and premises. The police should not disturb the political agitation.
“The damage is already done. We should not allow the crisis to deepen by falling into Mamata’s provocative trap. Any irresponsible action from our side would only strengthen Mamata’s agitation,” said RSP leader Manoj Bhattacharya.