Last rites of Pallepahad farmer held

We will stop Mallannasagar at any cost, says Damodar Rajanarasimha

The last rites of Bachali Narsaiah (70), a farmer of Pallapahad in Toguta mandal who committed suicide fearing forcible evacuation from the village due the proposed construction of Mallannasagar reservoir, were held at his native village on Friday.

A large number of people from villages that would get submerged due to the proposed reservoir attended the funeral.

Earlier in the day, a procession was held in the village and residents shouted slogans against the government, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao. “We do not want Mallannasagar. Protect our village from getting submerged,” they said, burning the effigy of the leaders. They have also demanded suspension of the mandal revenue officer, holding him responsible for making a statement that notification would be issued for land acquisition at Pallepahad and Vemulaghat.

Posters were pasted across the village in the name of Mallannasagar Bhoonirvasitula Porata Samithi demanding action against the mandal revenue officer, revenue divisional officer, and the Collector for being responsible for Narsaiah’s suicide.

“Narsaiah’s suicide has created fear in the village, and it is adversely affecting the aged. The general discussion among them since yesterday is that Narsaiah was born here and wanted to die here and that was why he killed himself. Shall we die here or be forced to vacate? If so, where to go? These are the questions running in their minds,” said G. Raju, a resident of the village who participated in last rites.

Former Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarasimha and District Congress Committee president V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy also attended the funeral.

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