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Government to drop plans for industrial zone

March 18, 2007

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— Score one for Indian farmers.

An Indian state government said Saturday it is dropping plans for an industrial zone after deadly riots by farmers furious that their land was being taken for the project.

The deaths of 14 farmers in clashes between police and demonstrators on Wednesday in Nandigram ignited riots across the eastern state of West Bengal. More than 800 people were arrested.

"Land would not be acquired for any special economic zones in Nandigram," Biman Bose, a senior West Bengal state government official, said after an emergency meeting of the state's Communist government. He also said the government would begin to remove police forces, who returned to the area Wednesday after abandoning their posts during related violence in January.

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