Telangana: Rakhis tied to crops to protest illegal survey in Warangal | Hyderabad News – Times of India


AREPALLY (WARANGAL): Villagers from Arepally and Paidipally tied rakhis to crops in their fields in a unique protest on Monday against illegal survey of their land allegedly by workers of a Pune-based company posing as Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA) staff. The villagers had blocked the highway too in protest on Saturday.
Collectors of two district under which the villages fall have now ordered an inquiry into the land survey.
KUDA chairman Marri Yadav Reddy has denied any knowledge of land survey in about 1,600 acres in the two villages. Villagers alleged the cops booked them for the highway protest but did not register their complaint against the ‘surveyors.
A group of 4-5 ‘surveyors’ had been coming to the villages for the past few days and collecting details of land from villagers. The issue came to boil on Saturday after villagers questioned the ‘surveyors’ who declined to show any ID proof. The villagers managed to seize their record book and an ID from one of the men showed them to be workers of a Pune-based Science and Technology Park. Alarmed, a group of about 1,000 villagers marched to NH-163 and blocked it. Cops booked the farmers and removed them from the National Highway.
On Sunday, villagers claimed that a man identifying himself as Satyanaryana of KUDA called them to cooperate. Villagers said that the man cut the call when he was told to come with ID proof and instead filed a case against them at Hasanparthy police station. According to villagers, revenue and police officials did not respond to their pleas for an inquiry.
Hence, on Monday, the villagers tied rakhis to their crops and then about 500 of them went and met the two collectors — R Hanumanthu of Hanumakonda and M Haritha of Warangal.
The two collectors, who reassured the farmers about their land, ordered the RDOs to investigate and advised the farmers not to share any details with strangers.

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