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Anti-SEZ agitations to be brought under one umbrella

A WB based civil liberty group will hold a convention to bring under one umbrella agitations across the country against land acquisitions.

kolkata Updated: May 30, 2007 15:56 IST

A West Bengal based civil liberty group will hold a two-day convention in Kolkata from June 2 to bring under one umbrella agitations across the country against land acquisitions for industrialization.

"Over 1000 social activists who are continuing their movements against land acquisition and special economic zones (SEZs) in India will join hands with us," Gana-Unnayan O Jana-Adhikar Sangram Samity (People's Welfare and Rights Association) spokesperson Aditi Chowdhury told IANS.

"Activists from West Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tripura, Jharkhand and other states will attend the convention," Chowdhury said on Tuesday.

She said the main aim of the convention is to bring the anti-SEZ agitations in various parts of the country under a single umbrella and raise a united voice against land acquisition for industrialisation.

"Well-known social activists like Arundhuti Roy, Mahasweta Devi, Medha Patkar, Debabrata Bandhopadhyay, Ulka Mahajan and many others would address the convention followed by a public rally," she said.

Jamait-e-Ulema Hind leader Siddiqullah Chowdhury, who will also participate in the convention, said the state government should call an all-party meeting to discuss issues regarding SEZs in West Bengal.

"In the convention we will raise demands for scrapping the SEZ Act 2005 and the abolition of the Land Acquisition Act 1894. People at the grassroot level should decide such land acquisition issues and the actual path of development," he said.

First Published: May 30, 2007 15:36 IST