Land Struggle

Taste of her own medicine

Print edition : February 17, 2017

Residents of Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district refused to remove the uprooted trees that they used to block roads. Photo: SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

For days after the January 17 violence at Bhangar, the women of Tona village hid in the fields after nightfall. Photo: SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

Sheikh Lutfor Rahaman and his aged mother were the only two people who remained in their homes at Madrasa Para village on the night of January 17. All the rest had left home fearing attacks. Photo: SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

Bhangar virtually shut down for days as shops remained closed and children stayed away from schools. Photo: SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

Mother of Mofizul Khan, who was killed on January 17. Like most residents of Bhangar, hers is a family of Trinamool Congress supporters so loyal that they use pillow covers sporting the party symbol. Photo: SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

Mamata Banerjee’s administration faces an agitation against land acquisition that has disturbing parallels with the Nandigram and Singur agitations which turned around her plummeting political fortunes 10 years ago.
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