Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: Working president of the Akhila Karnataka Handi Jogi Sangha M. Muni Reddy, president Papanni and convener R. Muniswamy have appealed to the Government to protect their community from certain people from the Keragodu Gopanahalli who were harassing them.

They said the main occupation of the Handi Jogi people was rearing pigs, and now cultivation as well. Their population in Hassan district was 25,000.

In Keragodu Gopanahalli in Holenarsipur taluk under Hallimysore hobli, people belonging to the forward community had attacked members of the Handi Jogi community over a land dispute. Five people, including three women, had been admitted to the government hospital in Holenarsipur taluk.