India's Tata Motors has begun removing equipment from its "cheapest
car" factory in eastern India, after no resolution in a land dispute.
Tata spokesman would not comment Wednesday, but there are reports that
the equipment is being moved from the Singur plant in West Bengal state
to Tata's existing facility in the northern state of Uttarakhand.
The Tata plant was set to manufacture what is being called the world's cheapest car - the "Nano."
has been shut down for several weeks after deadly protests by the West
Bengal's opposition party, which says that local villagers were
unfairly compensated for their land, that was used to build the factory.
to resolve the standoff have failed, with protesters recently rejecting
a government offer to return 30 hectares of land.
Tata officials have said they are considering moving the plant out of West Bengal.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.