Singur is on the boil again. Unending roadblocks, trenches dug for a long siege and a polarised atmosphere.
But the big difference is that the ‘blockade’ is now directed against those who have driven the Tata Nano project away from West Bengal.
The national highway was blocked by a section of farmers who sold their land to the government and suppliers to the factory. “More than 500 contractors have suffered major losses due to the Tata pull-out,” said Sailen Sahana, a supplier, “It’s a matter of our livelihood. We want them (Tata Motors) back.”
Many villagers have complained that the police have been turning a blind eye to people going into the Tata plant and stealing construction material. “[Ratan] Tata wanted to know about the source of [anti-Tata Motors agitation] funds, This is one of the sources,” quipped a farmer.