Members of 15 families who had sacrificed their lands to help mining work at the Eastern Coalfields Limited’s Sonpur-Bazari project on Monday sat on a hunger strike alleging inconvenience caused by the nationalised coal major.

The agitators on Monday started their movement in front of the office of the general manager of ECL’s Pandaveswar area.They alleged that the ECL despite receiving the land five years ago hasnrsquo;t offered absorption letters as per the conditions of the Land Acquisition Act.

Land losers like Kuntal Roy Anupam Banerjee and Swapan Ghosh alleged ldquo;They had taken our land in 2012 and we were supposed to be given job offers against each of the three acres of land but though five years have passed they havenrsquo;t shown any hint of absorption.rdquo; So they said ldquo;We were forced by the circumstances to go for hunger strike.rdquo;

The ECL meanwhile stated that the families couldnrsquo;t be issued job offer letter due to some technical difficulties. Mr Niladri RoyGM Technical Services ECL said ldquo;The delay in land mutation caused the inconvenience and we are hopeful that the issue would be resolved shortly.rdquo;