Hyderabad: Condemning police repression on the people of Vattitandra village in Srikakulam district, where they have been protesting in a democratic manner over the last 197 days against the “East Coast Thermal Power Plant” being built at Kakarapally village, the State Committee of the Communist Party of India New Democracy has said that it would organise a State-level protest campaign on February 28 against the outrageous conduct of the police.
Speaking to the media here on Saturday, the State executive committee member, Mr Gade Diwakar, said that when an all-party leaders delegation, led by the State president of All India Farm Labourers Association, Ms P Tanya, was going to the Vattitandra village to express her solidarity with the agitating people, the police forcibly prevented them from entering the village and detained them in the Srikakulam Rural Police Station. Terming the police action as “brutal and undemocratic” as it panicked the local population, he demanded that the State Human Rights Commission intervene in the matter and render justice to the aggrieved people.
Mr Diwakar said that owing to imminent ill-effects on the farm land, the fishing community and on ecology, the people were agitating against the power plant which was being built on a marshy land by flouting the norms regulating the coastal areas. But on February 25, some 1,000 armed police personnel surrounded Vattitandra village and suppressed the peaceful agitation by the local people. He also said that the police went berserk and forcibly removed the agitation camp and resorted to cane-charge and firing rubber bullets and tear gas shells on them. They also took many people into custody, including the women and fishermen.
The secretary for northern districts, Mr J V Chalapathi Rao has alleged that the bigwigs in State politics like Mr Yerrannaidu, Dr K V P Ramachander Rao and Mr Y S Jagan have investments in the power plant which did not get environmental clearance so far. He also said that it would have disastrous effects on some 60 villages surrounding it. “Besides, there were six thermal plants and a nuclear power plant in the area dubbed as “power zone” spanning across 1.50 lakh acres. The power plants would not serve the needs of the common people as they were meant for commercial purposes”, he added. (NSS)