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Basu says government will curb violence in Singur

kolkata Updated: Jun 18, 2007 17:24 IST

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) patriarch Jyoti Basu said on Monday that the West Bengal government will take necessary action to curb any further violence by Trinamool Congress workers at the Tata Motors small car factory site in Singur.

"If the Trinamool Congress tries to demolish the boundary wall of Tata Motor's small car factory in Singur, the government will take appropriate action against them," said Basu after attending the CPI-M state committee meeting in Kolkata.

Basu expressed satisfaction over the compensation package worked out by the West Bengal government for Singur farmers. The farmers will be given the compensation package in lieu of the land acquired for the Tata Motors project.

"I am very happy with the package worked out by Industry Minister Nirupam Sen. Now it's almost in the final stage. We will distribute the packages to the farmers soon after the matter is settled in the court," he told reporters.

Commenting on Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's suggestion to acquire 600 acres of government land across the road in Singur to relocate the project there, Basu said the land "does not belong to the state government and it is owned by many individuals".

Rekindling hopes of a political consensus over the trouble in Singur and Nandigram, Basu has held talks with Banerjee.

A total of 997 acres of land in Singur, about 40 kms from Kolkata in Hooghly district, had been chosen by Tata Motors for its small car project. The issue has triggered a violent face-off between the government and farmers.