Hyderabad, Aug.7 (NSS): A former sarpanch and Telugu Mahila president of Achanta mandal of West Godavari district, Ms Seelam Sulochana, here on Sunday alleged that a Congress activist, Mr Guttula Ranga Rao, had not only encroached upon one cent of her land in Isukagaruvu in A Vemavaram village and constructed a lavatory and bathroom, but was also trying to grab the remaining land to the extent of four cents with the active support of the Social Welfare Minister, Mr Pithani Satyanarayana.
Speaking to mediapersons here, Ms Sulochana said that when she questioned the land grabbing activities of the minister’s supporter, the local Congress activists abused them in foul language and attacked her and her family members, including her husband Ravi, 75-year old mother-in-law, daughter, son-in-law and minor children. She said the local Congress leaders have not only caused excommunication of her family, but also forced them to leave the village.
She also alleged that at the behest of the Social Welfare Minister, the local police implicated her family members in false criminal cases. She alleged that Palakollu police Inspector, Mr Ramana, and the Achanta police sub-inspector, Mr Joseph, at the instance of the minister, were continuously calling them to the police station and threatening them with dire consequences like sending them to jail if they did not hand over the remaining land to the Congress workers free of cost. She alleged that since they did not succumb to pressure tactics, the police registered three false cases and harassing them.
Ms Sulochana said that as she was a former sarpanch and active Telugu Mahila mandal president, Mr Pithani Satyanarayana bore grudge against her and her family and incited his followers to drive them from the village and grab her land. She alleged that on several occasions, the Congress workers assaulted them causing bleeding injuries. Whenever they went to the police station to lodge complaints, the CI and SI abused them and were shielding the accused. She also complained that the minister’s followers were not allowing them to enter temples, attend marriages and other functions in the village and threatening those villagers who were coming to their rescue.
Ms Sulochana said that fearing threat to their lives, she had filed petitions before the Human Rights Commission and the Lokayukta seeking protection to their lives and justice. (NSS)