Several fishermen on Monday appealed to the State Government to stop forcible acquisition of land for Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR).

At a convention organised by AP Matsakarmika Sangham at Nakkapalli, about 100 km from here, the fishermen said only with the obtaining consent from the farmers and fishermen, land should be acquired for any project coming up in the area earmarked for PCPIR between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada.

Stating that fishermen were worst-hit compared to farmers, APMS honorary president C. Venkataramulu said fishermen did not know anything except fishing. If their livelihood was hit, the government and the project proponents should give them adequate compensation.

APMS district president Yerippalli Nandana demanded withdrawal of GO Ms. No. 68 on compulsory acquisition of lands for developmental purpose. Former Rajaiahpeta sarpanch Raja Rao, CPI Rythu Sangham leader Jagga Rao, APMS city secretary Mylipalli Sombabu and Payakaraopeta CPI mandal secretary Subbalakshmi spoke.