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Farmers to intensify agitation against Chamalapura power plant

Written by: Staff

Mysore, Aug 24 (UNI) Former Karnataka Minister M Shivanna today said that the agitation will be intensified against the proposed Rs 5500 Crore Chamalapura Thermal Power Plant in the District.

Strongly condemning the lathicharge by police on the agitators recently, he said that more than 20,000 farmers would assemble at Chamalapura and hold a rally against the proposed project.

Talking to newsmen, Mr Shivaram alleged that "the government was trying to instil fear among the innocent farmers through its 'Rude act' by police resorting to lathi charge during the rasta roko protesting against anti Chamalapura thermal power plant two days back. The agitation was peaceful and did not cause any damage to the public property. Permission was granted to hold rasta roko for 10 minutes, but the police did not even allow this.

In a separate press conference, KRRS President K S Puttaniah termed the proposed protest as an 'deal project and percentage project for the government to amass money for the next election expenditure. He also called upon the orginisations and political partaies to oppose the project together. "There was a need for united fight against the project which would destroy the envirnamental hazards of the Mysore city and its citizens." The KRRS would join hands with the agitation in all fronts to stop the project at any cost. Even Kannada film actor Vishnuvardhan has extended support for the agitation.


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