Activists of the Dalit Hakula Parirakshana Samiti on Monday urged Prakasam District Collector G.S.R.K.R.Vijaykumar to ensure restoration of 16 acres of land belonging to dalits encroached upon by an influential person in Peddaganjam village of Chinnaganjam mandal.

A delegation of dalit leaders led by DHPS district President Neelam Nagender Rao complained that 16 dalit farmers had been holding the land for long.

The Collector promised to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, more than 2,000 people stood in a long queue braving the scorching heat to submit petitions to the district officials near the open theatre.