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Upparas set ultimatum for Dist Admn to rebuild hostel in city

Last updated: 24 October, 2010
Mysore, Oct 24, DHNS 21:39 IST

Criticising the district administrations delay in rebuilding the demolished portion of the Uppara Students Hostel in TTL college premises at Saraswathipuram, the Mysore and Chamarajanagar District Upparas Association has threatened intensified agitation if the authorities failed to take necessary action within 15 days.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Sri Purushothamanandapuri Swamiji of Bhagiratha peeth said the district officials followed a oblivious attitude to the plight faced by the Uppara community and its students after the TTL Trust demolished the lone hostel building for Upparas, in the city.

Slow progress

Though, District Social Welfare Officer Mayadevi Galagali was appointed the administrator for the Trust and the Hostel building, there has been a slow progress in restoring the building for the students, he said.

The then Deputy Commissioner P Manivannan had issued strict orders to solve the land ownership case on priority following which Mysore Urban Development Authority constituted a sub-committee to look into the issue of ownership of land.

However, the sub-committee has not met even once to verify the claims of the Upparas that the hostel land belonged to the forum, he said.

The district administration released ` 3 lakh for reconstruction of the demolished structure after the Upparas offered to raise the fund by donating blood protesting against the earlier decision of the DC’s office to ask the TTL Trust to bear the cost of reconstruction.

However, the amount is still unspent as the sub-committee has still not met to verify ownership of the land and retrieval of old ownership documents for the same.

The TTL Trust is colluding with the officials to acquire the land belonging to Upparas.
The police are also hand-in-glove as they are refusing to withdraw the criminal cases registered against 41 office bearers of Uppara Sangha for the violence that erupted during the massive protest on May 14.

The then district in-charge Minister Suresh Kumar had asked the police to withdraw the cases. However, the police in collusion with the Trust office bearers have scant respect for Minister’s directive.

Legal counsel for the Upparas, Advocate Arun Kumar said they would move court against the district administration if it failed to protect the interest of the righteous demand of the forum.

Association leaders Vishakantaiah, Venkoba, Basavarajappa, former ZP president Latha Siddhashetty, Kalappa, Lakshman, Yogesh, legal advisor Arun Kumar were present.

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