Several farmers in five villages of Guntur district lost their standing crops and other farm utilities after they were allegedly set ablaze by some miscreants.
The farm utilities were set ablaze in the same pattern in Penamaka, Undavalli, Venkatapalem, Uddamrayinipalem and Mandadam villages on Sunday night. These villages fall in the region where the new capital of Andhra Pradesh is proposed to be established.
Incidentally, the farmers who lost crops have been opposing the land pooling and refused to part with their lands for the new capital. The mystery fire cause heavy damage to paddy stacks, banana orchards, horticulture crops and huts.
The Guntur Rural police have formed special search teams to nab the culprits. It is suspected that a psycho must be behind the incident. However, some villagers have alleged a larger conspiracy and contended that the farmers who opposed land pooling were selectively targeted.
Strongly condemning the incident, Communication advisor to Chief Minister Dr Parakala Prabhakar said the government will be probing into it. According to initial estimations, the loss of properties would be Rs 37 lakh.
Demanding a high level inquiry into the alleged fire mishap in the farms in six villages falling in the orbit of capital city, YSR Congress has slammed the TDP ministers for leveling baseless allegations against YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Party official spokesperson Ambati Rambabu alleged that this is not an accident but a pre-planned assault on the farmers by setting ablaze their farm implements and it is not a coincidence that the mishap occurred only in the farm lands of those who opposed to give up their land which strengthens the perception that it was an organized incident.
Demanding an inquiry into the incident by CBI or a sitting High Court judge to bring out the reasons behind the so called fire mishap, he said they consider an act to terrorise the farmers who refused to give land for the capital.
He lamented that TDP Ministers' statements blaming YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for the incident are politically motivated and far from truth. He said it is the resolve of the TDP government to build the capital around Talluru that points the needle of suspicion towards the ruling party and the ministers blaming YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is ridiculous.
He said that the committee formed by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to oversee the capital formation, will visit the affected villages on Tuesday and will submit its report. YSR Congress will be with the farmers and fight for their cause.