Kerala tribals meet PM, Sonia to reclaim their land

A group of tribals from a Kerala hamlet have knocked the doors of Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi seeking their help in reclaiming their land which have been "fraudulently" acquired by a company.

New Delhi: A group of tribals from a Kerala
hamlet have knocked the doors of Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and AICC General Secretary
Rahul Gandhi seeking their help in reclaiming their land which
have been "fraudulently" acquired by a company.

Led by Congress MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, the
tribals from Attapady in Idukki district met Singh and Sonia
this morning and Rahul last evening claiming that Suzlon
company had acquired huge tracts of land belonging to adivasis
which could not be transferred to a non-tribal as per law.

The company has started installing wind mills on the land
for which the tribals have possession documents and for which
they have been paying land revenue tax, Radhakrishnan told
reporters here today.

He alleged that the Left Democratic Front government in
Kerala was hand-in-glove with the company and were not helping
the tribals who were "tricked into" the deal.

"The middlemen of the company took signatures of the
tribals on plain papers offering them pittance. Tribals were
told that they were signing on plain papers to erect electric
poles on their land and Rs 12,000 were given to them for each
pole," he claimed.

After paying the money, Radhakrishnan alleged, the
company took possession of the land.

He claimed that inquiries conducted by state government
officials, including District Collector, have established that
the land were taken fraudulently but the government was shying
away from helping the tribals to reclaim their land.

He also demanded a judicial probe into the case.

PTI

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