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Implement Forest Act, says CPI(ML)

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Stage demonstration in front of Krishnagiri Collectorate



Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) stage a demonstration demanding the implementation of Forest Act in front of the Krishnagiri Collectorate on Monday. –

KRISHNAGIRI: Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) has asked to implement the Forest Dwellers Rights Act-2006. Twenty of the party activists staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate here on Monday.

They raised slogans against the state and union governments and demanded immediate implementation of the Act.

They said that hundreds of people were displaced in 1956 when Krishnagiri Reservoir Project was envisaged.

Many of them were living in forest lands shown to them by authorities nearly 55 years ago.

They were suffering in the hands of Forest officials and local heavyweights though they were using forest lands and revenue lands in the vicinity of forests for cultivation.

These people were denied patta by the authorities citing several reasons including court orders.

Villages affected were Sokkadi, Kulathupallam, Karuthamarampatti, Moramadugu, Usthalaalli, Parakottai, Aalappatti, Ketteri, Kodugur, Chikkapoovathy, Govindankottai, Ittikkal Agaram, Chinnar, Ullatti, Dam Eppalam, Eri Pallam, Kottavur and Selaypalli.

They said more than 25,000 villagers were dwelling in the forests and cultivating crops for a livelihood. They were denied electricity and could not avail themselves of loans as they do not have patta for the land.

S. Durai, member, district committee led the agitation. Chandramohan, state executive member; K. Govindaraji, State Secretary, AICCTU; and J. Akbar, district convenor participated.

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