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.