The land struggle in Andhra Pradesh has moved on to a new phase, with a new face. The struggle now is for the lands illegally possessed by some of the most influential big shots of the state.
After the brutal killings at Mudigonda, the land struggle has only strengthened in its spirit. On September 12007, around 4000 landless and homeless people under the leadership of the left parties have occupied lands owned by the Eenadu head Ramoji Rao and industrialist Girish Sanghi. About 14 acres of assigned lands adjacent to the Ramoji Film City near Naganpally illegally possessed by Ramoji Rao has been ‘Red-Flagged’ by the activists. Similarly, 118 acres of land possessed by Girish Sanghi has been occupied.
CPI(M) state general secretary B.V Raghavulu and CPI state general secretary K. Narayana were present at the incident and addressed the activists. He was quoted as saying “The government is not able to nab thieves, murderers and bombers but is in the forefront to arrest and stop the poor landless citizens of the state fighting lands they are supposed to be given by the government.”
The government deployed massive police forces in the areas and has also declared Section 144 in those places.
The following video is a news item telecasted on the Etv2 channel about the incident.