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Loba seeks govt role in land talks

Suri, Nov. 23: Representatives of the Krishi Jami Raksha Committee and Loba residents today demanded the involvement of the state government in land dealings with DVC-Emta Coal Mines Ltd.

Committee members and residents, who are demanding more price for land being acquired for a mining project, today met the Birbhum district magistrate.

“We understand that we will not get proper compensation from DVC-Emta without the intervention of the state government. We spoke to the DM about our demand,” said Joydeep Majumdar, the secretary of the committee.

DM, J.P. Meena said after the session: “I convened the meeting to listen to their demands. We will try our best to solve their problem.”

The DVC-Emta Coal Mines Ltd, a joint venture between the public sector DVC and the private sector Emta, will mine coal to feed the power projects of the utility.

On November 6 this year, villagers clashed with police who went to Loba to recover an earthmoving machine that was held back by villagers who had stopped work in December last year demanding higher prices for land that is being directly purchased by the DVC-Emta from them.

The Krishi Jami Raksha Committee today also demanded a judicial inquiry into alleged police firing during the clash.