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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Thousands March on New Delhi

NEW DELHI -- Tens of thousands of impoverished Indians arrived at the national capital Sunday, ending a monthlong march to draw attention to the plight of those dispossessed of their land by recent economic development.

The flag-waving protesters chanted "Give us land, give us water," as they marched in long, orderly lines to central New Delhi, where they plan to hold a massive protest Monday.

The demonstrators say they have not only been left behind in the wake of India's recent economic boom but have suffered directly from the growth, with many forced from their land to make way for economic projects.

"We don't have food, land or water. We are going to Delhi to get this," Rasi Ram told the CNN-IBN news channel.

India is trying to attract foreign investment to spur its economy and help develop its largely backward infrastructure. In part, it has chosen to do this by creating special economic zones, where companies get tax breaks to set up business and factories.

But critics say farmers are often forced from their land or cheated when the area is acquired for these projects.

The government canceled a plan to acquire 8,900 hectares of land in eastern India for a petrochemical plant and shipyard after the deaths of 14 farmers in clashes with police.

An estimated 27,000 people marched some 300 kilometers from the central city of Gwalior to New Delhi.