Published: Monday 30 April 2007

On March 28, 2007, West Bengal's chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee announced that the state had scrapped the proposal to build a special economic zone in the state's Nandigram block in East Midnapur district and took responsibility for the March 14 police firing (see 'Nandigram carnage', Down To Earth, April 15. 2007). He said the chemical hub would be relocated.

Meanwhile, on March 26, the Calcutta High Court adjourned the much-awaited hearing, which was to look into the Central Bureau of Investigation's report on the incident, for over three weeks. It gave the state two weeks to file affidavits to counter charges of unconstitutional use of force to quell protests against land acquisition.

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