UDF walkout over felling of rubber trees by miscreants
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Last Updated: Monday, March 08, 2010, 20:52
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress led UDF opposition in Kerala today staged a walkout in the assembly alleging that LDF government was protecting those responsible for felling of more than 1500 grown-up rubber saplings belonging to 11 small farmers in Kottayam district.

Seeking leave for an adjournment motion on the issue, Joseph M Puthussery (KC-M), alleged that CPI-M activists were behind the incident that happened on March 4 night at Kotoor in Thiruvala.

Puthussery wanted the government to take action against the persons responsible for the incident and pay compensation to farmers who suffered loss. The farmers were very poor and had availed loan from financial institutions the for cultivation, he said.

Replying to the notice, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the government viewed the incident very seriously and a special police squad had been formed to probe the case. District Collector had been asked to submit a report based on which government would pay compension to farmers, he said.

Not satisfied with the government response, the entire opposition lead by Congress Deputy leader in the house G Karthikeyan walked out.

Former minister and KC(M) leader K M Mani alleged that the government was protecting those responsible for the incident.


First Published: Monday, March 08, 2010, 20:52

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