It is allegedly under the benami possession of Minister
Located near the site identified for Volkswagen plant
It was brought at a cost of Rs. 70,000 per acre
VISAKHAPATNAM: The second phase of land struggle (bhoo poratam) of the CPI (M) began in the district at Edumetla Marripalem with the tilling of land allegedly under benami possession of Housing Minister Botsa Satyanarayana. (The minister has since denied any involvement). Under the leadership of CPI-M district secretary Ch. Narsinga Rao, farmers tilled the land. Mr. Narsinga Rao himself ploughed the land.
The CPI (M) said 14 acres of land in Survey nos. 162 to 167 at E.Marripalem was next to the site given to the proposed (and now dropped) Volkswagen car plant. For the last 60 years, the land has been under cultivation by 25 families of farmers. Mr. Narsinga Rao alleged that the minister had purchased through two benami persons.
The land was purchased from farmers threatening them that if the car plant materialised, the government would not give any compensation, he alleged. Farmers alleged that the land was purchased at Rs.70,000 an acre with agreement on stamped white paper.
The CPI (M) District Secretary who addressed a meeting, demanded that the minister who denied any connection with the land should prove his sincerity by distributing it to farmers.
He said two persons who were the minister’s followers had occupied a total of 22 hectares of land including a tank. Party leaders N. Rajendra Prasad, KM Srinivas, S. Arjun and K. Sudhakar participated.
Seven persons, including the Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham district secretary M. Appala Raju and two CPI(M) leaders, were arrested at Chandanda in Nakkapalli mandal for occupying government land in the second phase of the party’s land struggle (bhoo poratam).
The poor occupied government and assigned land and that of the Forest and the Endowments Departments in Madugula, Sabbavaram, Kasimkota, Munagapaka and Achyutapuram mandals, according to a party release.