Celeb Cricket League not NICE: Farmers

“The Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) acquired our lands for a song and handed them over to NICE which, in turn, entered into Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) with real estate developers to develop the property into residential apartments. Now, a cricket team comprising Kannada film stars, owned by NICE, is taking part in the CCL. We can’t tolerate this,” Hanumanthappa, an ex-serviceman, whose land was acquired for the project, told a press conference on Thursday.

Hanumanthappa alleged that the KIADB acquired a total of 1,330 acres in excess of what was required for Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.

The land, he said, was acquired for “a song” by KIADB on behalf of NICE. The decision was taken at a high-level committee of 17 officers, chaired by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on June 27, 2010.

The protesters also criticised the Kannada film industry for declaring a holiday on June 4 in support of the League.

Later, writer and film director Agni Shridhar, who is spearheading the agitation, met Ambareesh, veteran Kannada film actor and President of the Kannada Cinema Artists’ Association (KCAA), and urged him to withdraw support to the CCL.

The actor, however, requested for time and promised to look into their demands by Friday. The protesters said they would decide on their future course on Friday.

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