The acquisition of land in villages in Bantwal taluk by the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board should be immediately stopped, members of the Movement for Enforcement of Constitutional Rights and Values said here on Tuesday.

Ahinda working president and member of the movement Lolaksha told presspersons here that the KIADB had decided to acquire about 200 acres of land at Kurnadu, Balepuni, and Kairangala villages.

The preliminary notification had been issued.

He demanded that the government should immediately stop the process of acquisition.

Mr. Lolaksha said that already hundreds of acres of land had been acquired in the district but had not been used for several years. Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha district unit president Rohitaksha Rai said the land meant for Suzlon Special Economic Zone in Padubidri was notified in 1990 but had been acquired in 2009.

The KIADB should not act as an agent to facilitate land availability for private companies.

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