On 19th November 2017, at Panji Para in North Dinajpur district, the villagers clashed with police and officials from West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited alleging forceful grabbing of land for setting up of a power substation. They alleged that some parts of the power substation have been established on encroached land. When the police arrived at the spot to bring the situation under control, the tribals attacked them with bows and arrows. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd and detained eight persons. A 32KV power substation was being constructed for providing electricity to the locality and adjoining areas. The district administration acquired the land, then paid compensation to land losers and handed it over to the State power department. The tribals are of the opinion that "the ruling party is forcibly occupying their property and at the same time they are not paid a fair price for the land". So far, it is difficult to find out the number of people affected and the exact land area affected for this project. The conflict is reportedly going on and has not been resolved yet.
Demand/Contention of the Affected Community
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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Land Acquisition Laws
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West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited
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