Staff Reporter

CPI (M) activists take to streets opposing Polavaram project

Buses carrying students appearing for SSC exam exemptedPilgrims stranded in BhadrachalamCPI (M) threatens to intensify its campaign

BHADRACHALAM: The CPI (M) sponsored bandh was near total in the tribal pockets of Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions on Friday.

The bandh organised as part of the anti- Polavaram campaign, was marked by massive protest rallies and demonstrations in 29 agency mandals. Buses barring those carrying students appearing for the SSC public examination were stopped at various places. Even the pilgrims bound for Bhadrachalam were stranded. Life came to a standstill in Bhadrachalam, Palvancha, Chintoor, Kunavaram, Manuguru, Burgumapdu and other urban centers in the sub plan area.

Bhadrachalam MLA Sunnam Rajiah led the protesters in the temple town. Some of inter State bus services were also affected due to the protest.

Activists held

The party workers forcing the traders to down their shutters and stopping the vehicular traffic were taken into custody. Petrol bunks remained closed and theatres suspended noon shows. Some buses and lorries coming from Chhattisgarh were stopped at Chatti village.

Addressing the protesters, Mr. Sunnam Rajaiah said that the party would go all out to

fight against the government on the issue of tribal displacement. He said that the government had better options to minimise the displacement problem. The people on the riverside villages were left in total despair. The terms of compensation were also adding to the agony, he said adding that the party would intensify its campaign on the issue in the district. He wanted the government to respond on the demand for payment of bonus on the beedi-leaf collection.

Rasta roko organised

CPI(M) workers led by the Burgumpadu division secretary Kanakaiah staged a protest rally. Addressing the protesters he said many villages in Kukunoor, Velerpadu and Burgumpadu mandals were to be affected by the Polavaram project.

But the residents had no clear information about the extent of submergence. In Manuguru town, the CPI (M) workers staged a rasta roko.