Tension grips SEZ area as farmers revolt against police
The Kakinada Special Economic zone (SEZ) area suddenly became tense today after farmers started tilling the lands already sold and given possession to the SEZ management even as the police which swung into action faced a revolt from the defiant crowds.
Official sources said the trouble started with some seizable number of farmers of Ramanakkapet village entering the fields engaging the tractors and bullocks for ploughing the lands. The farmers were demanding restoration of their lands as they were forcibly taken from them offering throw away price. On a complaint lodged by the GMR group that manages the SEZ, a posse of police headed by a Sub Inspector rushed to the spot and advised the farmers to keep away from the area as it was already purchased by the SEZ management and farmers did not have any right whatsoever on them. However, the crowds did not budge and revolted more against the police and laid siege of the entire police team.
They also made them immobile by depleting the police jeep tyres. Thereupon, on advice from the higher authorities the Pithapuram circle Inspector Rambabu rushed to the place with additional forces to control the situation. The Inspector held discussions with the leaders of the farmers and advised them to refrain from further precipitating the matter.
On much reluctance the farmers agreed to retreat for the time being.
Additional Superintendent of Police Avula Subbarao told UNI that the situation, though continued to be tense, was very well under control. He said the Sub Divisional Police Officer from Peddapuram was also advised to arrange police patrolling in the area as a precautionary measure.