Farmers to step up stir against Justice Dinakaran

Thiruvallur district collectors peace meeting yields little result


A “peace meeting” convened by District Collector V Palanikumar with the representatives of farmers’ organisations owing allegiance to the CPI, CPM and the All India Kisan Sabha, urging them to give up their “land reclamation” agitation, failed to resolve the standoff.
While the officials who attended the meeting at Thiruvallur declined to comment on its outcome, the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam (TNVS)—a pro-CPM farmers’ outfit spearheading the agitation—general secretary K Balakrishnan told Deccan Herald that the farmers would go ahead with the protest and enter the land allegedly encroached upon by the judge.  The district collector also asked farmers’ groups not to precipitate a law and order problem.

Balakrishnan, however, said the protesters would stick to their original plan as the government was authorised to take over the encroached ‘poromboke’ (government) land.

The district administration faces a piquant situation, with the officials of the Survey of India, in accordance with a Supreme Court directive, are believed to have begun a spot assessment of the land-holding pattern at Kaverirajapuram in Tiruttani Taluk of Thiruvallur district, sources said.

Nonetheless, Balakrishnan contended that a technical assessment by the Survey of India would not help to get at the truth. “The officials should meet the Dalits of the village,” who alone know the details of the extent of poromboke land allegedly encroached upon by Justice Dinakaran and the extent of ‘patta’ (private) lands allegedly bought by him and his family members, he stressed.

“You cannot read the ownership just from the face of bare land,” reasoned Balakrishnan, adding that the total extent of land at Kaverirajapuram was about 725 acres. Of this, about 350 acres comprised “all kinds” of ‘poromboke’ land, while the remaining 400-odd acres were ‘patta’ land. “Only the local people know who owns what or who has encroached upon which parcel of land,” he said.
The CPM leader added he had written to Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan, underscoring the need for the Survey of India officials to interact with the villagers to get at the truth.

Charging Justice Dinakaran with “persisting with threatening” local revenue department officials, Balakrishnan said he had urged the CJI to instruct the State government to take back the poromboke land and redistribute it among the landless Dalits of the village.
He added that he had also requested the CJI to keep Justice Dinakaran from all judicial work, pending investigation.

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