Raghunathpur land conflict

Reported by

Mitali BiswasLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 28, 2019

Location of Conflict




Reason or Cause of Conflict

Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

Industrial hub



People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)




West Bengal



In 2007 the government started acquiring land for an industrial project in Raghunathpur in Purulia district. The left frontled government came to terms with companies like Balaji groups and accumulated 1,897 acres for steel plantation. The state industrial development corporation initiated a project called 'industrial park project' in collaboration with companies like Adhunik Corporation Limited. The corporation acquired 793.75 acres for industrial park project I and 733.99 acres for industrial park project ll. Although most of the acquired land yields one seasonal harvest, the owners sold their lands to the government at a price way cheaper than the actual market value (Rs 2,0002,200 per bigha). The government promised creation of job opportunities in large scales, luring the villagers to give away their land. But later the companies backed out. Even after TMC came to power, the demands have not been met. The landowners are now demanding their land back.

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Type of Land


Private and Common

Type of Common Land

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Left goverment, WBIDC

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Nutandi Anchal Krishi committee , Nutandi Anchal Krishi commitee

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Jai Balaji Industries Ltd., Adhunik corporation Ltd., Dishergarh Power supply company, DVC

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