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Six Guj villages observe bandh to protest mining

RAJKOT: Six villages in Mahua and Talaja talukas of Bhavnagar district noticed a bandh for the second one day on Friday to protest in opposition to limestone mining by means of a personal cement company near Bambhor village.

A month in the past, ugly clashes had broken out between protesting farmers and the law enforcement officials once they had tried to go into the mining web site. Police had resorted to heavy lathicharge and arrested round 90 farmers. As part of the protest, farmers did not even send their wards to varsities.

Recently, the Gujarat High Court has ordered the involved Justice of the Peace to start up legal proceeding in the atrocity committed by means of police on farmers or lodged an FIR to analyze the allegations of excesses.

Farmers are antagonistic to limestone mining at the grounds that their fields can be rendered non-fertile. They said the water in their wells has also became saline as the corporate digs land 300 foot to 400 foot deep to extract limestone.

Bharat Bhil, an area farmer leader, said, “Despite our continuous protests, mining task continues in the area. We had sent proposed that the federal government officers, elected representatives of our area and corporate officers should grasp a gathering with us to grasp our problem. However, they didn’t pay heed.”

District collector Hasmukh Patel said, “I've but to receive the replica of order but as per my knowledge National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rejected the petition of farmers. We can’t stop mining when the corporate has received essential permission from state and central government and there is no stay by means of the court.”

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