Fighting Injustice in Polepally SEZ

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Andhra Pradesh (India) state government has forcibly acquired about 1000 acres of farm land at Polepally in Mahabubnagar district 4 years back and is trying to establish Formulations (Pharma) SEZ in these lands. More than 70% of the land is left unused till date.

Local farmers – mostly poor, illiterate STs and SCs were bullied, threatened and were made to part with their lands for as little as Rs. 18,000 per acre (some time with no compensation). The same land is now being sold by state goverment APIIC (Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd.) at more than 100 times (40+ lakh Rupees per Acre) of that price to private Pharma Companies.

Many farmers (from four affected villages: Polepally, Gundlagadda Thanda, Popally Thanda and Mudireddypally) have already lost their lives in the struggle against this SEZ, 42 committed suicide and hundreds of families displaced.

Polepally farmers protested against APIIC on 7th July 2008 at Hyderabad APIIC office, which is a milestone. These farmers are penniless (after loosing their livelihood) and don’t even have the means to travel back & forth to voice their anguish.

‘Polepally SEZ Vyatireka Aikya Sanghatana (PSVAS)’ is planning to organize a Praja Court by inviting Retired Chief Justice Sawat (from Maharastra), Usha Ramanathan-supreme court lawyer, Nandini Sundar academician, JNU and Activist, P. Sainath/Kuldip Nayyar and some senior journalists to the village in the first week of August 2008 (date to be announced soon), to discuss their problems and make resolutions.

PSVAS can’t even afford the basic needs (hiring tents, mikes, providing food / water at events, transportation), we need your support in organizing this event. Any meager amount you donate will be of great help to the struggle.

If you’re willing to donate CLICK HERE , or contact us at sez(dot)polepally[at]gmail(dot)com so that we can send you more details.

More updates can be found at https://polepally.wordpress.com
If you’re not interested please ignore this message. If you think someone you know would be interested please do forward this email to them & help us spread the word.

 

THANK YOU very much in Advance, for your will to support us !

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Written by Polepally InSolidarity

July 14, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Posted in Pamphlets

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