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Understanding facts: Members of the fact-finding team, constituted by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, at an inspection in Bellary on Sunday.
Understanding facts: Members of the fact-finding team, constituted by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, at an inspection in Bellary on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

Government to be urged to order inquiry into the exercise

KPCC fact-finding team inspects border areas

Chief Minister urged to assess issue himself

BELLARY: V.S. Ugrappa, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, has said that the State boundaries have been modified on the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border. He felt that vested interests were responsible for the delimitation.

He was speaking to presspersons in Tumti village of Sandur taluk here on Sunday after going around the area to verify details. He also held discussions with officials of the departments of Forests, Mines and Geology, Revenue and Survey and Land Records. Mr. Ugrappa is heading a fact-finding committee, constituted by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), which is visiting the spot to find out whether the State boundaries have been modified. “After verifying records and inspecting the border areas, we have seen that one of the tri-junction points has been destroyed, while officials of all departments concerned are tight-lipped about happenings,” he said.

“I will urge the State Government to order a thorough inquiry to find out who is responsible for the violation of Karnataka’s territorial integrity. The role of officials who might have been involved in the exercise will also be looked into,” he added. To a question, Mr. Ugrappa said Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who was duty-bound to protect the State’s interests, should visit the place and make a personalised assessment.

Mr. Ugrappa said he would submit a report to the KPCC detailing his observations and findings, and besides, raise the issue in the Legislature. Mr. Ugrappa was accompanied by other members of the committee including Muniyappa, MLA, former Ministers Amaregouda Byyapur, Basavaraj Rayareddy and Shivashankar Nayak.

He appeared visibly upset when officials failed to give him the required information and documents. When he asked for an original copy of the sketch, which had documented the extent of the Obulapuram Mining Company, owned by Minister G. Janardhan Reddy, the officials said all official records had been seized by the Lokayukta.

Taking the officials to task for not disclosing facts and documents, he said “Such being the attitude of the officials, I am at a loss to understand how these people can protect the State border.”

Mr. Ugrappa lost his cool when the officials did not reply to his question on whether the border had been modified. The officials also failed to give satisfactory answers on the modification in mining areas.

Mr. Rayareddy felt that conducting a survey based on the Mean Sea Level (MSL) mentioned in the topographic sheet, would give a clear picture as to whether any changes were made or not.

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