Who Is The Government Trying To Protect: Botsa

Senior YSRCP leader and former minister Botcha Satyanarayana addressing the media persons in  Vizag on Saturday. - Sakshi Post

Visakhapatnam: Senior YSRCP leader and former minister Botcha Satyanarayana on Saturday demanded that a comprehensive probe be carried out from the premier investigating agencies into the the Rs 20,000-crore land scam in Visakhapatnam city.

Speaking to mediapersons, Botcha expressed anger over the way the case is being probed. About three lakh 'adangal' documents have gone missing in the case, he said. "A land scam of such magnitude had never taken place in the history," he pointed out.

The scam came to light on May 30 when the farmers staged a dharna before the district collectorate in the city demanding justice.

Following cyclone Hudhud In 2014, the people''s representatives had allegedly colluded with Tehsildars and revenue officials to siphon off land worth Rs 20,000 crore by tampering with the land records. Subsequently, the scam rendered hundreds of farmers landless in and around Bheemili.

Botcha opined that the land scam would render a severe blow to the brand image of Visakhapatnam. "Even as the land-sharks are frequently snatching away thousands of acres in the state, the government is not in a position to protect the lands," he said. Botcha demanded that AP Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to speak out over the scam.

The YSRCP leader sought to know as to why there was no prompt action from the state government when such scams are taking place in the state. "Who is the TDP trying to protect?" he questioned.

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