Farmers protest against Obalapuram mining firm
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 18:03
Bellary: About 1,000 farmers from Andhra Pradesh on Saturday staged a protest in front of the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC), owned by the Reddy brothers, demanding that their land acquired for the company be returned to them.

The protesters, led by Hyderabad CPI MLA K Ramakrishna, razed three security sheds erected by OMC at its office in Obulapuram, 20 km from here, and also pulled down the sign boards of the company alleging it had also encroached their lands, police said adding they dispersed later.

The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Area Development Board allotted 230 acres to OMC owned by former Karnataka minister G Janardhana Reddy for mining activity during the regime of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

The protesters allege that the OMC has encroached about 515 acres of land illegally.

With OMC barred from any mining activity, the farmers want their lands back.


First Published: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 18:03

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