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S Asia Solidarity Group to hold picket on Lalgarh issue

South Asian and Indian groups in the UK have planned a protest against siege of Lalgarh in West Bengal by security forces, terming it as a "test case" for establishing UPA government's new model of 'development' through the use of force.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2009 20:35 IST

South Asian and Indian groups in the UK have planned a protest against siege of Lalgarh in West Bengal by security forces, terming it as a "test case" for establishing UPA government's new model of 'development' through the use of force.

South Asia Solidarity Group and Indian Workers Association along with supporters will hold a picket infront of the Indian High Commission in London next on Friday, which will be organised by a group called 'Campaign Against Land Grab and Forced Displacement of People.'

Their demands, include unconditional apology from the police involved in the operation during which they alleged indiscriminate arrests, rapes and illegal detentions, took place.

Compensation for the injured and the families of those murdered in the attacks have also been demanded, besides noting that negotiations will be held in public.

The members of the groups said the Lalgarh campaign in the adivasi-dominated western region of West Bengal, forced hundreds to flee their homes.

"For the new UPA government and its belligerent Home Minister P Chidambaram, Lalgarh is a test case establishing that its neo-liberal model of 'development' will be enforced through unrestrained violence by paramilitary forces."

Maoist-backed tribals had laid siege to Lalgarh district, about 200 km from Kolkata, targeting CPI(Marxists) cadres last month. To reclaim the areas taken over by them, security forces and police had led an operation.