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‘Government is selling land instead of leasing it NICE'
‘Innocent people were caned while clearing land'
Bangalore: Progressive organisations on Thursday threatened to lay a siege to the office of the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) on March 24 if the agency failed to divulge the details of land allotment made to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) to build an expressway between Bangalore and Mysore, and a peripheral ring road around Bangalore.
Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene president Kodihalli Chandrashekhar told presspersons here that innocent people were lathicharged while clearing land for NICE link road at Bage Gowda Layout in Bangalore recently.
He alleged that the board did not provide details of land allotment for the project. He warned that the farmers will permanently lock KIADB premises if it continued its indifference to their concerns.
Sale instead of lease
Mr. Chandrashekhar regretted that the Government has been allotting land to NICE by way of sale instead of lease as stipulated in the framework agreement.
The BJP Government's claim that the project was given the go-ahead when H.D. Deve Gowda was the Chief Minister and that it had nothing to do with it is baseless. The Yeddyurappa Government has all the rights to undo mistakes, if there were any, made by the previous governments.
He also demanded the unconditional release of innocent people arrested from Bage Gowda Layout.
They should be given proper compensation and should also be rehabilitated, he urged.
Praja Vimochana Chalavali leader Patapat Nagaraj, Dalit leaders Mavalli Shankar and Indudhara Honnapura were present.
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