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Protests Follow Tata Motors' Decision to Pull Out of Eastern India

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Hundreds of protesters have demonstrated against the decision by India's Tata Motors to move production of its low-cost car out of eastern India.

The automaker announced Friday it would move the 350-million-dollar plant out of Singhur in West Bengal state because of continued opposition to its presence there.

The factory was set to manufacture what is being called the world's cheapest car -- the "Nano" -- priced at around two thousand dollars.

On Saturday , local residents in favor of the project blocked roads and chanted slogans calling for Tata to resume production of the Nano. Many are dependent on the factory for jobs.

Tata pulled out of West Bengal after several weeks of deadly protests by the state's main opposition (Trinamool Congress) party. Opposition leaders have said local villagers were unfairly compensated for their land, which was used to build the Tata factory.

Tata says the company is examining offers from three or four states to host production of the car.

Our Kolkata stringer says that people are also frustrated because they might not get their land back which is going to be returned by TATA



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