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Singur antagonists bring protests to Kolkata

Trinamool Congress workers hurled two bombs at a rally organised by the Youth Congress in the state capital on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2007 21:26 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Protests over Tata Motors' car project in Singur continued to immobilise West Bengal on Tuesday as Trinamool Congress workers hurled two bombs at a rally organised by the Youth Congress in the state capital.

One Congress worker was injured at the rally, which was organised at Hazra crossing in south Kolkata, after Trinamool Congress workers blocked roads in a renewed protest against acquisition of agricultural land for the Tatas at Singur, about 40 kms from Kolkata.

While Ratan Tata said there was no going back on Singur and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya stuck to his guns as firmly as Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, harried city commuters were at the receiving end.

Congress leader Nirbed Roy, who was present there, said: "Things have come to such a bad state in West Bengal that not even political rallies could be organised now. They are now throwing bombs at us. This is high time that the opposition parties irrespective of colour come under one banner to fight the communists."

At around 2 pm, the Trinamool Congress workers descended on the same venue and blocked roads as part of their hour-long road blockade to protest against the Singur incidents in the past two days and curbs on Banerjee's movement.

Trinamool Congress supporters lay down on the streets and stopped vehicles. They also burnt effigies of the chief minister and other leaders.

The activists also blocked traffic in several other places in the city.

Banerjee was stopped by police at Maitipara on her way to Chinsurah in Hooghly district on Monday evening amid violent protests at Singur over farmland acquisition.

The Trinamool Congress leader, who had to cancel her visit to Singur after prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed suddenly left for Chinsurah in the same district to visit hospitalised party workers who were injured from Sunday's violence in Singur.

"Mamata will go to Singur again on Feb 10. No policeman can stop her. We will see how the Tata take the land," Trinamool leader Madan Mitra said.

"In Singur there would be no Tata car but only Tata rice and Tata wheat," he said sarcastically.

First Published: Feb 06, 2007 21:26 IST