Dalit farmers taken for a ride

Mysuru, June 16:- “In the name of lake development, the land used for Dalit farmers for cultivation at Karya village for over 70 years should not be taken away,” said Dr Mariswamy at a press meet at the Mysuru Press Club on Thursday.

“The government has decided to develop lake in 91 acres of government land. Already 87 acres of this land was handed over for graveyard. More than 25 Dalit families are cultivating the remaining 20 acres of land. Each family has about 20-30 cents of land. Efforts are on to grab these small pieces land from the Dalit farmers,” he alleged.

“These farmers have been farming there since 1947 and have documents in their names. There are some greedy people who are trying to cheat Dalit farmers which is not acceptable.  If the problem isn’t solved, we will hold a dharna in front of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s residence,” he added.

Nanjaiah, Sharabhaiah, Siddaraju, Lakshmamma and Chandramma were present.

-(MR/KMR)

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