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Protests cast shadow over mining of India's largest coal block

West Bengal project pits locals against state as foreign firms see opportunity

KOLKATA -- Tensions between the state government and locals are rising in West Bengal state where mining of India's largest coal block is set to begin.

Around 21,000 people will have to relocate from the Deocha-Pachami site for the project to go ahead but protesters are refusing to budge and have been organizing demonstrations over the last few weeks, with backing from political parties, human rights bodies and environmental groups.

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