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CAUSE FOR CONCERN: Lambada women at a dharna organised in protest against the proposal to set up a field firing range at Rachakonda area in Nalgonda district on Friday. PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
CAUSE FOR CONCERN: Lambada women at a dharna organised in protest against the proposal to set up a field firing range at Rachakonda area in Nalgonda district on Friday. PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

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Stage dharna in front of MRO office; thandas in Rachakonda hills deserted

Thandas in Rachakonda hills wear a deserted look Drop the idea, say CPI, CPI (M)

NALGONDA: A number of tribals staged a dharna in front of the Mandal Revenue Officer's office at Samsthan Narayanapur demanding that the Government drop the idea of allocating Rachakonda hill range to Defence Ministry for setting up a Field Firing Range (FFR).

Almost all the thandas in and around Rachakonda hills wore a deserted look as tribals thronged the MRO office to participate in the first protest programme organised by the Communist Party of India.

Movement

Speaking to the gathering, Nalgonda MP Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy of the CPI said that his party would intensify the movement against the proposal since "it is going to harm lakhs of people in the area".

He alleged that at least one farmer or agricultural labourer per week had fallen to the bullets fired in the FFR at Medchal. "Since Medchal was well developed now, they want to shift the base to Rachakonda. When plans are afoot to develop areas that fall within 100 km from Hyderabad city, there is no point in choosing this area for the FFR," he observed.

Contrary to claims by a section of people, Mr. Sudhakar Reddy said that neither he nor local MLA Palla Venkat Reddy of the CPI supported the move. District secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Cherupally Sitaramulu asked the Government to drop the idea forthwith.

Gulam Rasool of the CPI and others also spoke.


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