It will only strengthen the agitation: CPI(M) leader B.V. Raghavulu
Government should provide a solution to the problem `Government tried to create a rift among fishermen' Agitation to continue till demands of fishermen are met
VISAKHAPATNAM: Suppression of people's movements would only strengthen them and ultimately spell doom for the Government, said Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu at a meeting organised to oppose the State Government's suppression of the Gangavaram agitation, here on Sunday.
He said it was wrong on the part of the Rajasekhara Reddy Government to think that it could water down the agitation with threats and use of police force.
On the contrary, it would only strengthen the agitation and further embolden those who were fighting for the cause of the fishermen.
The Government should try to provide a solution to the problem or at least explain its position to the agitating fishermen.
He ridiculed the Government for sentencing 65 persons, including 15 women, to jail for participating in the agitation.
Mr. Raghavulu alleged that the State Government had tried to create a rift among the fishermen community by bringing in the classification of `traditional' and `non-traditional' fishermen in Gangavaram.
He said it was unfortunate that a fisherman was killed in police firing and two others had lost their lives when their boats overturned in the rough sea.
While the agitation was not a total success, it had nevertheless made the Government go for an upward revision in the number of fishermen displaced by the project and hike the compensation package in respect of traditional fishermen.
He demanded that the Government form an expert committee to arrive at the correct figure on displaced fishermen and announce compensation for the dependents of two fishermen who had lost their lives when their boats overturned. He said that the agitation would be continued till all the demands of the fishermen were met.
The Telugu Desam Greater Visakha president Zaheer Ahmed,
CPI(M) leaders M.V.S. Sarma and K. Lokanadham, CPI-ML (New Democracy) leader Eswar Rao and Matsyakarula Aikya Vedika leader Nookaraju spoke.