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Farmers' bid to distribute poromboke land foiled

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Tension mounts in village near Thiruvalangadu

Members of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam marching towards the poromboke land at Kaverirajapuram on Thursday. — Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
Members of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam marching towards the poromboke land at Kaverirajapuram on Thursday. — Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Tension prevailed for sometime on Thursday at Kaverirajapuram near Thiruvalangadu in Tiruttani taluk, Tiruvallur district, after a group of members of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam and other farmers' associations attempted to enter the poromboke land in the village allegedly to distribute it to the landless people.

According to police, a group of persons, led by the State president of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, K. Balakrishnan, the State president of the Vivasaya Thozhilalargal Sangam, S.Thirunavukkarasu and the district secretary of the All India Kisan Sang, Tiruvallur, Tulsi Narayanan, assembled at Kaverirajapuram and attempted to enter the poromboke land near the land reportedly held in the name of Justice P.D. Dinakaran and his associates.

Social activists such as the State general secretary of the All India Democratic Women Association, U. Vasugi, and others participated in the ‘land distribution movement'.

They entered into a wordy duel with revenue and police officials.

The officials convinced them to have a dialogue with Collector T.P. Rajesh at the Collectorate in Tiruvallur. Mr. Tulsi Narayanan said that later at a meeting held at the Collectorate, an agreement was reached between the district administration and the farmers' associations.

The district administration, which clarified that a conclusion report on the issue of encroachment of the poromboke land by Mr. Justice P.D. Dinakaran and his associates, was to come out in about 30 days, asked the agitators to remain calm till that time.

As an interim solace, the district administration agreed to issue house site pattas to those who did not own house sites in their names and also to release pattas to those who applied and were yet to get them, within 10 days, he added.

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