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[ZESTCaste] Tiruvallur peace meeting fails,%20CPM,%20V%20Palanikumar,%20CPI%20(M)

Tiruvallur peace meeting fails

V Gangadharan

First Published : 07 Nov 2009 03:25:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 07 Nov
2009 08:14:28 AM IST

CHENNAI: A peace meet convened by Tiruvallur District Collector V
Palanikumar on Friday to convince CPM activists and their affiliates
to give up their plan to enter the land at Kaverirajapuram that is in
the alleged illegal possession of Karnataka Chief Justice P D
Dinakaran, to redistribute it, ended in a fiasco as the CPI (M) and
the district administration stuck to their respective positions.

According to sources in the Tiruvallur District Collectorate, the
meeting was a failure because of the insistence of the protestors that
the land in question (poromboke land and water bodies) be distributed
to the people immediately.

"The government cannot act like individuals and we should follow the
established procedures as set out in the law. Now that the Supreme
Court is enquiring into the issue, it is only reasonable that we
wait," a senior official said.

CPM functionaries, had a different take. Speaking to Express, CPI (M)
state secretariat member and TN Vivasayigal Sangam treasurer P
Shanmugham said the collector wanted the demonstration to reclaim
government lands to distribute it to Dalits and the landless people on
November 9 be withdrawn at all costs.

"The Collector said that the issue was in the Supreme Court and wanted
the agitation to be abandoned." It was pointed out that the view was
incorrect as no case was pending in the apex court on the land under

"The issue before the SC collegium is the elevation of P D Dinakaran
and not land distribution to the Dalits." The district administration
itself had identified the extent of encroachment of land, water bodies
and other common utilities in Kaverirajapuram.

"Tell me, what stops the authorities from redistributing the land?
There is no stay or an order by the Supreme Court to maintain status
quo as regards the government land under Dinakaran's illegal
possession," " Shanmugham said.


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