Madikeri: The Diddalli rehabilitation issue seemed to have hit another obstacle after a section of tribals refused to vacate the area and move into the land allotted by the district administration.
Last Friday, Deputy Commissioner RV D'Souza met with tribal leaders Swamiyappa and Anitha and convinced them to move to sites in Byadagotta and Basavanally in Somwarpet taluk, where the administration has constructed a layout with 181 and 170 houses respectively. But tribals refused to move to Kedamullur in Virajpet, the third area identified for rehabilitation, where the administration has built 180 sites, saying it was a hilly region. Later, the DC said they would construct drinking water project and toilets in the new layouts.
But on Saturday, tribal leaders J K Muthamma and J K Appaji refused the proposal. The two leaders said they would move out if the district administration promised in writing that they would provide two acres of land along with house sites to each tribal family. Muthamma said that this has been their demand since the beginning. The two also accused AK Subbaiah and CPM state committee member DS Nirvanappa of misleading the tribals.
According to Appaji, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa had promised to provide them land during their meeting in Bengaluru but had suddenly reneged on their promise. The leaders said If Diddalli land is confirmed as a reserve forest, district authorities should provide alternate land to rehabilitate tribals.
'CPM leaders provoking people in Palemadu'
Madikeri: The president of Palemadu Sarvajanika Hitarakshana Vedike, Janardhan, said a few persons were trying to disturb peace in Palemadu by naming road after Tipu Sultan.
Speaking to media persons on Sunday, Janardhan alleged that CPM leader Nirvanappa and SDPI leader Mohisin Amin were provoking people in Palemadu. Referring the recent clash over the issue, he said the police had to respond as residents didn't allow GP PDO and the police to discharge their duty.
He said the Vedike would organise a march to the DC office to counter Kanshi Ram Nagar residents' proposed march on May 2 and 3.