Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha Hassan has criticised Arkalgud tahsildar V.R. Shailaja, reportedly on whose orders, 480 areca and 20 coconut palms were uprooted from a 35-gunta plot belonging to a Dalit farmer, Purushottam at Hulikallu village in Doddamagge hobli in Arkalgud taluk. The KRRS staged a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Monday demanding to know the guidelines issued by the Government on clearing encroachments on Gokatte land, tank and agricultural land. The KRRS also demanded that the land be restored to Mr. Purushottam and presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.