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Farmers in India's Palghar protest against bullet train project

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Staff Writer | September 15, 2017
A group of farmers in Boisar in Palghar district of Maharashtra staged a protest against the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, expressing apprehension that they would lose their land.
Farmers in Palghar
Asia   The farmers waved black flags
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the project in Ahmedabad.

The farmers waved black flags and raised slogans against the project outside Boisar railway station. They alleged that the BJP-led government was going ahead with the project without taking farmers into account.

Kaluram Dodhade of Bhoomi Sena, who took part in the protest, said, “Palghar has mostly small farmers, and if their land is acquired for the project, they will be ruined.”

The demonstration was organised by Shetkari Sangarsha Samiti and Advasi Ekta Parishad.

Palghar DSP Majunath Shinge said, “It was a symbolic protest and there was no law-and-order situation.”

District Collector Prashant Narnavre said the agitation was carried out peacefully.

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