Farmers call off hunger strike

A Correspondent

KALPETTA: An indefinite hunger strike by a group of farmers, staged under the aegis of an action council in front of the Sub-Collector's office at Mananthavadi, was called off after a discussion with the District Collector on Monday.

The farmers at Choyimoola and Ambukuthy in Mananthavadi village were on strike for six days demanding title deeds for their land, which had been under their possession since 1965. As many as 130 farmers are yet to get title deeds, they said.

As part of the agitation, over 250 farmers laid siege to the Sub-Collector's office from 7.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on Monday. Owing to the siege announced by the farmers, the Sub-Collector's office functioned on the premises of Priyadarshni Estate, of which the Sub-Collector is the Managing Director. District Collector T.Bhaskaran assured the farmers that a joint verification by revenue and forest personnel would be held on Tuesday in those areas and they would take necessary action.