KERALA

Union backs plantation workers

In support: Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union secretary C.T. Krishnan inaugurating a march at Athumbamkulam on Saturday.

In support: Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union secretary C.T. Krishnan inaugurating a march at Athumbamkulam on Saturday.  

Staff Reporter

KSKTU accuses Vedi of deceiving Chengara encroachers

PATHANAMTHITTA: Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union State secretary C.T. Krishnan has alleged that certain extremist groups and agencies with vested interests were behind the ongoing agitation under the banner of the Sadhu Jana Vimochana Samyukta Vedi at Chengara.

The KSKTU leader was inaugurating a march organised by the union district unit, extending solidarity with the plantation workers who have been rendered jobless for the past 14 months, following encroachment of the Kumbazha Estate by SJVSV workers, at Athumbamkulam near Chengara on Saturday.

According to him, no government will accept the Vedi demand, seeking five acres of land and cash relief worth Rs.50,000 to each landless family.

Mr. Krishnan alleged that the hapless poor people who have encroached upon the Kumbazha Estate were playing into the hands of “certain vested interests who are trying to implement their hidden agenda in the name of Chengara land struggle.”

He alleged that the Vedi leaders and their supporters have been deceiving the landless poor among the encroachers by giving them false hopes of getting one to five acres of land to each family. Mr. Krishnan claimed KSKTU was the organisation that had successfully launched a series of land struggles in the State with just and genuine demands.

The Vedi leaders who very well knew that their demands were unjust and illogical were trying to create social divide and tension, he alleged. He called upon the government to clear the encroachments on Kumbazha Estate.

The KSKTU leader said the plantation workers at Chengara were landless poor people and denial of job to them meant denial of livelihood.

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