Shyamala and her sister Lakshmidevamma who attempted suicide were rushed to General Hospital in Srinivasapur, where they are recovering. The women’s action came amid efforts by forest department authorities to reclaim forest lands which have been allegedly encroached upon by farmers in Palya and other villages.
The entire drama began in the wee hours of Saturday, when forest authorities led by DCF Yedukondalu cleared encroachments on hundreds of acres of land at Palya, Naramakalahalli, Avalakuppa and other villages.
The authorities in their effort to reclaim the encroached forest land allegedly felled hundreds of full-grown mango trees, razed dozens of poly houses, pump set houses and destroyed ripe crops, including carrot, tomatoes, cabbage and other vegetables, thus causing a lot of damage to farmers.
On Saturday afternoon, Kolar MP Muniswamy S rushed to Palya village and alleged that forest department authorities have acted in haste and destroyed hundreds of mango trees and caused a lot of damage to farmers. Muniswamy further alleged that revenue officials had issued records pertaining to the lands in question and the farmers had grown mango trees in the same believing that the records issued by the authorities were in order.
Farmers reportedly hurled stones at a few JCBs that had come to the village to clear the encroached lands and tension gripped the area. Soon, police arrived at the spot and controlled the situation. But as things were returning to normal with the authorities dropping the idea of eviction, the two women farmers – Shyamala and Lakshmidevamma – attempted suicide.
Srinivasapur police have registered an FIR against Kolar LS member S Muniswamy, district BJP president Venugopal and others for instigating the farmers. The Kolar MP on Sunday met former CM BS Yediyurappa, urging him to visit Srinivasapur taluk to assess the situation .