Manuguru (Kothagudem): Tension prevailed here on Monday as two farmers attempted suicide at an Open Cast (OC) mine of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL). According to sources, farmers who lost their lands to the mine had not received compensation from SCCL. They were staging protests for the past twelve days demanding that the company address their problem.
The SCCL officials and revenue officials were engaged in discussions with the farmers but to no avail. On Monday, a couple of farmers, vexed with the officials’ attitude, attempted suicide. One farmer D Bhasker Rao tried to jump into the OC mine while another K Narasimha Rao consumed pesticide. While Bhasker is safe, Narasmiha was shifted to a private hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, Left-wing parties and people’s organisations have called for a Manuguru bandh on Tuesday in protest against the SCCL officials’ laxity in addressing the issue.