Dalit’s alleged eviction from land sparks protest

Published - June 17, 2015 06:42 pm IST - YADGIR

Hundreds of activists under the banner of Karnataka Rajya Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (Krantikari) staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here in Yadgir on Wednesday and demanded to stop the construction of Kittura Rani Channamma Hostel in Kodekal village in Surpur taluk of Yadgir district immediately.

They said that hostel is coming up in the 4.29 acres of land situated in survey number 108/1 in Kodekal village.

The land originally belongs to the State Government and was cultivated by a Dalit farmer, Mallappa Bhimappa Madar for the past four decades. Mr. Madar had submitted an application to the Revenue Department requesting to allot the said land under Akrama-Sakrama scheme, on July 8, 2011 and said that the application is pending with the Department, they said.

Meanwhile, the hostel authorities and district administration have evicted Mr. Madar from the land and commenced the construction of hostel building with a complaint against him and other eight people, including his wife, when they resisted the act, protesters alleged.

The protesters demanded to withdraw the case filed against innocent Dalits and allot the land as requested, at the earliest.

The protestors also said that they would launch an indefinite hunger strike from June 26, if their demand is not met.

Mallikarjuna Kranti, district conveyer of organisation and others were present.

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