Kolkata: Providing another relief to the farmers in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has initiated the process of withdrawal of cases against them slapped by the then Left Front government for protesting against the forcible acquisition of land in Singur and Nandigram.

The Home Ministry has summoned the Police Superintendent of East Medinipur and Hooghly district in this regard.

The Ministry has sought a detailed report on the current status of farmers involved in the land agitation, the number of farmers and the Sections under which they have been booked.

Earlier, Mamata Banerjee had formed a committee to help in identifying political prisoners and chalk out measures for their release.

Notably, Trinamool MLA Becharam Manna had demanded the release of 768 Singur farmers against whom the previous government had allegedly filed false cases and sought immediate withdrawal of the cases. He pointed out that few farmers were still languishing in jail.

 (JPN/Bureau)