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Slum dwellers on hunger strike in Kolkata

West Bengal,Immigration/Law/Rights, Wed, 11 Apr 2012 IANS

Kolkata, April 11 (IANS) A group of slum dwellers of east Kolkata's Nonadanga area, whose shanties were razed by civic officials Wednesday went on a hunger strike demanding the government rehabilitate them.


The strike was launched by a group of 60 people including women under the banner of Ucched Pratibad Committee (Eviction Protest Committee).


Several people were injured when slum dwellers evicted from their homes blocked a road and clashed with the police last week.


Television grabs showed that police resorted to indiscriminate lathi-charge to lift the agitation and even pregnant women were not spared.


"We are staging our protest. We want rehabilitation," said Malabika Das, a mother of two, who claims that she has been living in Nonadanga slum for three years.


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