Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Labourer dies of Starvation in Singur : Singur death toll rises to 5

1 anti-land grab activist bludgeoned to death by the police in a brutal lathicharge

1 girl raped and burnt alive(tapasi malik) for resisting landgrab.

2 farmers driven to suicide.

1 Landless Labourer dies of starvation.

Singur, July 2: A landless farm labourer died of starvation in Singur today, bringing under the spotlight a group forgotten in the land war.

Shankar Das, 48, died at Dobandhi, a village of farm workers most of whose 90 families lost their livelihood after the fields they worked in were acquired for the Tata Motors project.
Shankar’s widow Anima.

The government’s compensation package is available only to the owners of the acquired land, who are now at the focus of a tug-of-war between the CPM and the Opposition.

“Since the plots were taken over, we have been battling hunger and malnutrition,” said Kamal Bairagi, 38, at Dobandhi, 55 km from Calcutta.

“We had been living on rice, puffed rice and chira sent by the (Trinamul Congress-led) Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee, but the supplies weren’t enough,” Shankar’s wife Anima said at the Dases’ home, barely 50 yards from the Tata Motors boundary wall.

“The two of us and our four children hadn’t had a decent meal in six months and had become extremely weak. Yesterday, my husband said he was feeling ill. We took him to a homoeopath after midnight but he collapsed and died there.”

The Telegraph

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