Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Daring the drizzle, activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday participated in land struggle (Bhooparatam) at Kasturibaipet, Patamata, New Rajarajeswaripet and Payakapuram, where they erected makeshift huts on Government surplus lands.

Raised slogans

Raising slogans against the government and demanding that it distribute house sites to the poor, the activists staged a dharna on surplus land adjacent to the SC Hostel at Kasturibaipet for the third consecutive day. Makeshift huts were erected in lands belonging to the Avadhuta Ashramam in Patamatalanka, where the party’s State Committee Member Ch. Babu Rao and City Committee Secretary R. Raghu accused the government of handing over huge extents of lands to the affluent sections of society but failing to provide 60 square yards of land each to the eligible poor.

“The government is pitting the police against those who are fighting for a piece of land. As a result, the poor people are becoming victims of police lathi charge, whenever they are raising their voices,” they said.

Demand for houses

They announced that the poor people would raise huts in surplus lands and reside there till the Government built houses for them.

At Payakapuram, the party’s city committee member P. Sambi Reddy accused the government of trying to hand over the Payakapuram tank land to industrialists and real estate agents for monetary gains.

At New Rajarajeswaripet, the party activists stood on a daylong dharna and had their lunch at the lands belonging to Bavaji Mutt.

Party corporators also participated in the agitation.