In the wake of roads and buildings minister Dharmana Prasada Rao battling to come out of the CBI trap, the Telugu Desam state level committee inspected on Sunday, the Kannedhara hill which was leased to Virgin Rock Private Limited (VRPL), owned by the minister’s son for white granite mining. The TD promised tribals of intensifying the protest by raising the issue in the state Assembly. Senior TD leader G. Muddukrishnama Naidu led a four-member team and interacted with tribals in Seetampeta mandal. Puliputti sarpanch S. Mukhalingam who filed a case against VRPL in the AP High Court explained the chronology of their protest.
“Revenue officials say that 21 tribal families were engaged in farming on the sacred hill, the special inquiry committee confirmed scores of Savara tribals eking out a livelihood here, but, no authority quashed the lease signed against tribal laws,” said Muddukrishnama Naidu.