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Protests Force India's Tata Motors to Suspend Nano Factory

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India's Tata Motors says it is suspending work indefinitely on a factory set to build the world's cheapest car because of unrelenting protests.

Tata says it is planning to relocate the plant away from Singur in West Bengal state, because of continued confrontation and agitation at the site.

A company spokesman said there was no way the plant could operate efficiently because the situation around the site continues to be "hostile and intimidating."

Thousands of people have been blocking the road since mid-August. They say farmers in the area were not fairly compensated for the land Tata is using for the factory.

The protest leaders say the demonstrations will continue until the land is returned to the farmers.

The factory was set to produce Tata's new "Nano" cars, which are priced at just 25-hundred-dollars.

In the meantime, Mamata Banerjee, the leader of Trinomool Congress who is leading the protests for land expressed her willingness to sit for discussions.

Our Kolkata stringer Gautam Gupta has more on this issue.

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