The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has sought Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged multi-crore granite scam in the district.

Besides seeking stringent action against those officials who failed to prevent illegal quarrying for several years, the party sought adequate compensation to farmers and residents of around 30 villages in Melur taluk, who lost their livelihood owing to the destruction of their property such as agricultural lands, tanks and supply channels.

Addressing a demonstration organised by the party here on Saturday, CPI (M) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan said that not only vast tracts of fertile land served by the Periyar main canal were destroyed, but also panchami lands, public pathway, tanks and supply channels were damaged due to the quarrying.