Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Police foiled a bid of the CPI(M) at Anakapalle to occupy nearly 30 acres of land in the Phoolbagh area on Friday. The party claimed it was Endowment land and was under the illegal occupation of a close relative of Minister Konathala Ramakrishna.

Tension prevailed for a while as the police arrested 36 party leaders and workers as soon as they came out of the party office in a rally. . Prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed.

Along with the police who were deployed in a large number after the party gave an ultimatum a few days ago that it would occupy the Phoolbagh land, a large number of Congress workers brought from neighbouring mandals were in the town to prevent the CPI (M) programme. Later in the evening, Congressmen staged a dharna and raised slogans against the party and TDP leader Dadi Veerabhadra Rao.

The CPI(M) made an attempt to occupy the land in the early hours of the day by pitching party flags. Soon after, Congress workers reached the place and removed them.

According to B.V.A.S. Naidu, uncle of Mr. Ramakrishna, his family purchased the land from Kamala Devi, one of the daughters of Chemudu Estate’s zamindar in 1960 and had been enjoying ownership rights since then.

But the CPI(M) claimed that the land was allotted to Ambica Baugh temple by the estate and was taken over by Endowments. The Left and the TDP called for bandh on Saturday.

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