Special Correspondent

SRIKAKULAM: As part of their second phase of land struggle, activists of CPI (M) and CPI in the district occupied Government lands at a few places on Wednesday.

CPI (M) activists, led by leaders G. Tulasi Das and Choudary Tejeswara Rao, occupied 1.2 acres of palm oil garden in Panasanandi village of Veeraghattam mandal. Also party members pitched tents on an acre of land in Masangi village of Kotturu mandal. Similarly members of the CPI, led by district unit secretary Ch. Sundara Lal, transplanted a ten acre plot in Lokottavalasa village of Sitampeta. This plot was occupied by CPI some time ago. A number of tribal families participated in the transplantation work. The land struggle passed off peacefully.

90 arrested

Kakinada: Some 90 CPI (M) workers, including district party secretariat member Duvva Seshu Babji, city unit secretary Ch. Ajay Kumar, Sramika Mahila Sangham Convenor G. Babyrani and P. Savithri of AIDWA, were arrested on Wednesday when they tried to enter the five acres of panchayat land in Toorangi village of Kakinada rural mandal as a part of the land struggle. There was a minor scuffle between the agitators and the police with the latter preventing them from entering the land. All the arrested were later released on bail.

Duvva Seshu Babji later told newsmen that the police virtually acted as the agents of a landlord who occupied the panchayat lands by putting up fencing. He alleged that the police were safeguarding the interests of the land grabber instead of protecting the panchayat lands from being encroached upon. He said the arrests would not deter them from carrying out their struggle.