Probe against Lafarge

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Bangladesh/India: The Indian compliance adviser/ombudsman (CAO) is assessing a complaint that was filed in January 2014 against Lafarge Surma Cement's land acquisition and limestone quarrying operation close to the villages of Shella and Tynger in Meghalaya state.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank, partly financed a project with Lafarge Surma Cement for the construction and operation of an integrated cement plant in Bangladesh, which is very close to the border with Meghalaya, India from where the limestone is obtained.

"The complaint raises concerns about the legitimacy of the land acquisition and the process used for the project's limestone quarrying operation close to the villages of Shella and Tynger in Meghalaya," said the CAO. The complainants said that the Khasi indigenous people have been deprived of their land, their livelihood has been impacted and their customary land rights and systems have not been respected.

Last modified on 23 April 2014

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