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Tussle over land:A team led by District Collector T. Bhaskaran visiting tribal people at Perinjamkutty in Idukki district on Friday.
Tussle over land:A team led by District Collector T. Bhaskaran visiting tribal people at Perinjamkutty in Idukki district on Friday.

District Collector T. Bhaskaran has said that the district administration will take a favourable stand on the plight of the tribal people who are living in the Perinjamkutty abandoned dam project area.

Mr. Bhaskaran was talking to reporters after visiting Perinjamkutty area and meeting the tribal people in front of the collectorate at Painavu, who were on a hunger agitation for the past one month.

Mr. Bhaskaran also accepted complaints from the tribal people. The 19 families who were provided land in Zinkukandam in Chinnakkanal village later occupied land in the Perinjamkutty area as the land allotted was constantly being intruded by wild animals.

However, they were forcibly removed from Perinjamkutty and cases were filed against them for encroaching on forest land.

The tribals claimed claim that the land occupied by them at Perinjamkutty was revenue land. They also demanded proper land for making a living.

The Collector said that the present Land Act does not permit title deeds to non-tribal people living in the forest areas. He said that the demand of the tribal people will be considered favourably and a report will be submitted to the government highlighting their plight.

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