Land oustee fear eviction, attempts suicide

D. Kanakaiah, who attempted suicide at his farm at Mamidyala in Siddipet district.  

In a severe embarrassment to the State government, Dacharam Kanakaiah, a farmer of Mamidyala village in Mulugu mandal, attempted suicide by consuming pesticide on Sunday night. He was immediately shifted to the Government Hospital in Gajwel and then to Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad. Later, he was shifted to a private hospital for better treatment. His condition is reported to be stable now.

Bulldozing police

According to villagers, police had forcibly entered the lands of P. Srinivas Goud of Mamidyala on Sunday and commenced the bund work. This was despite showing them the stay orders of the High Court. “Do whatever you can. We are not bothered about the court orders and the courts are already in vacation,” were the reported comments by police officials to the protesting villagers who objected to the police entering their lands.

Mr. Kanakaiah, one of the farmers of the village felt that the government was not heeding even the court directions and he and others could approach no one as the police themselves were violating the orders. Incidentally, he was one among the group of villagers who had approached the court seeking implementation of the Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act – 2013.

Extreme step

With the police action, Mr. Kanakaiah feared the government would forcibly take away his land. According to sources, on Sunday night Mr. Kanakaiah went to his farm and consumed pesticide. One of the family members who went to the field found him and immediately shifted him to the Government Hospital in Gajwel. A large number of villagers rushed to the hospital and entered into heated arguments with the police. As a precautionary measure, police shifted Mr. Kanakaiah to Gandhi Hospital first, then to a private hospital. He is said to out of danger.

On Monday, police arrested former MLA T. Narsa Reddy, P. Srinivas, T. Srinivas, Yedla Pochaiah and others, who have been in the forefront of the farmers’ agitation, to prevent any untoward incidents. They were released in the evening.

“The village was completely calm and silent with heavy police presence,” commented a villager requesting anonymity.

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