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Indian Opposition Group Suspends Tata Motors Factory Protest

  • VOA News

An Indian opposition group has called off protests at a car plant in eastern India after authorities promised to return some factory land to disgruntled farmers.

The opposition (Trinamool Congress) party in West Bengal state suspended the protest at the Tata Motors plant on Sunday as part of a compromise with local officials.

The party led protests that besieged the factory for weeks, forcing it to stop production. Demonstrators demanded that farmers be fairly compensated for land taken by Tata Motors to build the plant, which is designed to make a low-budget car (called the "Nano.")

West Bengal's governor, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, says a committee will work out details of a new compensation plan for the farmers within the next week.

He says the government will return some land within the factory grounds to the farmers and give them more land adjacent to the site.

Trinamool Congress Party leader Mamata Banerjee says the deal represents a victory for the farmers.

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