Dalit labourers approach NHRC to fight landgrabbers
Vijayawada: A dalit labourers’ forum, Sri Muppalla Lakshmaiah SC Field Labour Cooperative Society, in Ganiatkhuru has approached National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking protection from rich farmers, who, they alleged, were trying to grab their land with the connivance of revenue officials.
The society has sent a letter to NHRC, copies of which have been to Krishna district collector and superintendent of police, according to Muppalla Sivaji, a member of the society.
Sivaji alleged that some influential farmers in the village, with the connivance of the officials, were trying to grab their land located in the RS No. 601/1, 607 and 610 in the revenue village of Kothapet.
These lands, to the extent of 55.18 acres, were given to the society by Krishna district collector on September 11, 2016.
However, the officials, at the behest of the local influential farmers, have refused to give physical possession of the lands, forcing them to approach the high court, said Sivaji.
He said that the high court had directed the district officials to give possession of the lands to the society. The society also paid Rs 10,000 as advance and Rs 11,036 as lease amount on January 1, 2018, after a long legal battle.
He said society members have been cultivating the land since then. But taking advantage of the recent floods in the Krishna river, some farmers destroyed the crops in their land asking them to vacate. He alleged that the rich farmers were trying to grab the land.
The farmers and their supporters entered these land on September 8 and 9 and some villagers influenced by the rich farmers planned a physical attack on the society members, Sivaji said in his letter.
He said although the issue was reported to Kanchikacharla police, no case has been registered.
He appealed to National Human Rights Commission , the collector and the district SP to instruct the police and revenue officials to provide security to the society members, besides protecting the land.