Gives police protection to kcl factory after tribals obstruct construction
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Kolkata, 15 November
In a judgement that will give a go-ahead to many entrepreneurs in the state, Mr Justice Sanjib Banerjee of Calcutta High Court directed officer-in-charge of Metli police station, Jalpaiguri to provide immediate police protection to Kanchenjungha Chemicals Limited (KCL) to construct a factory. The chemical company moved court after some people belonging to a tribal community started obstructing the construction of the factory. The land on which the factory was coming up belonged to tribals, the agitators claimed. As such, the plot cannot be sold to persons of non-tribal origin, they stated.
The land belongs to KCL which has taken appropriate permission for the setting up of the factory, the court held after going through the documents. “As such the agitation is not fair,” it was observed.
The proposed chemical plant covering 7.33 acres was coming up at north Bengal’s Metli area, which is not at all dotted with factories. In an area where the principal occupation of the people is farming, the chemical unit is likely to provide jobs to at least 50 to 60 persons after it comes up.
The land belongs to KCL since 1997, as shown by the record of rights, Mr Anjan Bhattacharya, appearing for the chemical company, submitted.
The last property tax was deposited in March, 2013.
The demonstration obstructing the construction of the factory was based on false premises, it was submitted. The petitioners are recorded owners and they deserve police protection, it was further submitted.
Land belonging to tribals cannot be sold out to non-tribals, the counsel appearing for Mr Ramen Toppo and others submitted, opposing the contention of the KCL counsel.
Therefore, the KCL cannot purchase private land and develop it, this counsel stated.