Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The CPI (M) on Tuesday complained to Home Minister K. Jana Reddy against the ‘vindictive’ actions of police and landlords against the poor at Gunta Kotturu in Konam panchayat of Cheedikada mandal. CPI (M) district secretary Ch. Narsinga Rao complained to Mr. Jana Reddy that police colluded with the landlords and cases were foisted against 10 persons, including CPI (M) mandal leader Ganta Sriram.

Mr. Narsinga Rao said the CPI (M) had been organising land struggle in Cheedikada mandal demanding distribution of surplus land to the poor and girijans.

The landlords at Konam were trying to evict the poor from the land. On November 9, Ganta Sriram and 12 others were called to the police station, beaten up and cases foisted against them, he alleged. A dispute over the land was in the court.

Mr. Narsinga Rao charged the police with siding with an industrialist at Boddurevu in V. Madugula mandal. Police forcibly got signatures from tribals committing them to leave the lands after harvesting the crop.

He complained to the SP and the DGP about the manner in which police were interfering in civil issues. They police officials and the Home Minister had assured him that justice would be done after inquiring into the issues raised by him.

Asserting that the struggle would continue in spite of the ‘repression,’ the CPI (M) leader wanted justice to be done to the poor and action against the police officials concerned.