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Hutti observes bandh

Staff Correspondent


‘Hutti Gold Mines must implement drinking water supply in the village'

‘Mines established 50 years ago, but Hutti lacks basic facilities'




United:Residents taking out a procession in support of their demands

Hutti (Raichur district): Life at Hutti village in Lingsugur taluk came to standstill on Thursday as residents of the village observed a bandh. They were demanding that the Hutti Gold Mines Co. Ltd. (HGML) management implement an integrated drinking water supply scheme and provide other facilities to the village.

The residents, including members of the Hutti Gram Panchayat, took out a procession and staged a dharna. Most shops and establishments remained closed and traffic between Raichur and Lingsugur was affected.

Gram panchayat member Srinivas tried to commit suicide by consuming poison to protest against the “neglect” of the HGML management. He was immediately shifted to the HGML hospital in the village, where the doctors declared him out of danger.

The former Minister Raja Amareshwara Naik; the former Minister Amaregouda Bayyapur, Kustagi MLA; Manappa Vajjal, Lingsugur MLA; and members of the zilla and taluk panchayats expressed support to the village residents.

In a memorandum submitted to HGML, president of Hutti Gram Panchayat Basawaraj Khanapur said the people had given up their agricultural land for HGML. The gold mine had been established over 50 years ago, but the village lacked basic facilities.

So far, the company had only initiated temporary measures with regard to drinking water supply, Mr. Khanapur said. There were no facilities for sanitation, he alleged.

The residents have been on an indefinite fast since May 4 in support of their demands. As there had been no response from the firm, they had decided to continue the fast, the panchayat president said.

Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar appealed to the people of Hutti to withdraw their protest, and assured them that he would discuss the matter with the HGML management. However, the protesters have decided to continue their dharna till they get a written assurance from the management or the Government.

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