Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2017-02-10 20:17 Bengaluru: Upset over the government stripping Kappathgudda of its 'conservation reserve' tag, the Save Kappathgudda Committee has decided to protest from February 13 to 15 at Gadag. The Samiti wants the government to redeclare it as a conservation reserve by withdrawing its earlier notification that has cancelled the conservation reserve status of the Kappathgudda forest. Gadag Thontada Siddalinga swami will lead the protest where SR Hiremath, Raghavendra Kushtagi and Ravi Krishna Reddy wil participate. The samiti has also threatened to intensify the protest if the government fails to declare Kappathgudda as conservation status by February 15. It also want the government to halt mining operations being carried out by Baldota company. Committee campaigning Addressing mediapersons here on Friday, activists Ravi Krishna Reddy, Deepak CN and Ravikantha Angadi told mediapersons here that the government has yielded to the pressure tactics by Baldota company. At a public grievances meeting held recently (Jan 16, 2017) at Dambala village in Gadag district, the villagers had urged the government to redeclare Kappathgudda as conservation reserve. They had charged that Baldota company - apart from mining in the hills - has also illegally acquired 101 acres of dalit lands near Mundargi. The land owners have already protested against the company which has set up gold ore processing unit at this land. The Samiti alleged that Baldota company's sister company Ramgad Minerals and Mining Limited Company has indulged in illegal ways in the name of finding gold nuggets in the region. Even the forest department has mentioned these facts in its report submitted to the government. But the government seem to be oblivious to it, they charged.