The Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front, Vellore district, has planned to picket the road opposite the Collectorate here on February 3 demanding action against ‘Mosaic' Selvam who allegedly razed to ground the houses in which 36 families of Adi Dravidars and minority communities had been living for the last 100 years in land bearing survey no.674 on Battai Street in Melalathur Road in Gudiyatham.

Giving this information to newspersons here on Thursday, V. Kubendran, Vellore district organiser of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front, alleged that Selvam and his men razed the houses to the ground on April 14, 2010.

At a meeting held in the presence of the Revenue Divisional Officer, Vellore, at the Gudiyatham taluk office on August 12, when the members of the Front conducted an agitation of inhabiting the taluk office, it was resolved to provide alternative sites to the affected families and take action against Selvam. However, when the agreement was about to be signed, 59 persons, who participated in the agitation, including G. Latha, Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA of Gudiyatham and A. Narayanan, Vellore district CPI (M) secretary, were arrested.

Mr. Kubendran said that though the members of the front had met the Collector five times, the latest on December 22, no action has been taken to provide alternative sites to the displaced families, despite an assurance from the Collector about the provision of alternative sites to them.

Dayanidhi, State secretary of the Tamil Nadu Farmers' Association, said that the displaced families were living in tents in a coconut grove in Gudiyatham in the absence of alternative house sites.

The district organiser of the front said that the Revenue Department should carry out a fresh survey of the land bearing survey no.674 in the ward 36 in Jothimadam area of Gudiyatham in which the houses existed, with the help of the district surveyor, find out the extent of ‘poromboke' land and provide house sites in the same place where they lived. When asked about the demand, E. Saravanavelraj, District Revenue Officer, Vellore, told The Hindu that the Revenue Department had conducted a survey and found that 90 per cent of the land on which the houses existed were patta land that belonged to Selvam, who had obtained a court order in his favour, and 10 per cent comes under common pathway land.

The district administration has identified alternative land for provision of house sites to the 36 displaced families. But, it would not be possible to provide house sites in the same place in view of the legal position, he said.

Seeks action against person, who allegedly demolished houses of Adi Dravidars and minorities

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