'Belur bandh' against evicting land encroachers evokes good response

HDK threatens to disrupt Belgaum Assembly session

Belur bandh observed by Coffee Growers Association, Raitha Sangha and other organisations, against the decision of the State government to evict land encroachment, was total at Belur, Hassan district, on Friday.

While all commercial establishments remained closed, lawyers boycotted court proceedings in support of the bandh call. Autorickshaw and maxi-cab owners also extended their support. However, KSRTC buses were seen plying on the roads. Government offices and banks were not affected.

Hundreds of people took out a rally from the APMC premises to the Main Road of Belur and raised slogans against Balasubramanyam Committee and the State government. They submitted a memorandum to Tahsildar B A Jagadish, urging him to stop the process of clearing land encroachments.

The movement of traffic was hit in some places, as coffee growers and farmers staged a ‘rastha rokho’ for over half an hour at Basaveshwara Circle in the town.

Addressing the protesters, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy threatened to disrupt the Assembly session, scheduled to be held in Belgaum shortly. “The State government should take a clear stand regarding clearing of land encroachment soon,” he said.

He added that the Government was trying to evict the land, which has been cultivated by farmers for generations, putting them in a fix, and that the JD(S) would not hesitate to fight for the rights of farmers.

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