'Drop cases against farmers'

JD(S) members seek suspension of Divisional Forest officer

Raising voice JD(S) workers from Ambajidurga hobli staging a protest in front of the taluk office in Chintamani on Saturday. dh photo

The workers alleged that the officer had falsely complained to the forest department that farmers of the Ketanayakanahalli had felled the trees in the forest area of the village.
A case was later filed by forest department in court against the farmers for felling trees at the land (survey no 18) at the village, they added.

The protesters said that 3 farmers who had been remanded to judicial custody had faced severe torture.

Raising slogan against the officer, the protesters demanded an inquiry against the officer for mentally harassing the farmers and an apology from the forest department. They refuse to withdraw the protest till the arrival of senior officials.

Chikkaballapur Assistant Forest Conservator Hegde and tahsildar Nagaraj visited the spot. Former minister K M Krishna Reddy urged the officials to carry out re-survey of the land as it was disputed and complained about the forest officers negligence.

Though school and forest land has been encroached in Kuruburu no action has been taken against the culprits, expressed Reddy who said that innocent farmers of Ketanayakanahalli were sent to jail for no fault of theirs.

Hedge promised to re-survey the disputed land in the presence of Forest and Revenue Department and people concerned. He also promised to tender an apology to the aggrieved people and action against the officer if was found guilty.

The protesters later withdrew the protest.

KMF’s Director T N Rajgopal, CMC members Ambugudde Srinivas, Devalam Shankar, Srinivas Reddy, Kurla Reddy, Jayaprakash Reddy, Shivanna, Srirama Reddy and others took part in the protest.

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