20-12-201820-12-2018 16:01:41 IST
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A farmer, his wife and two kids have been going around a market in Mothkur, Kurnool, with begging bowls in their hands. They turned to begging to arrange bribe to get their land back.
The farmer claims a local revenue official took away the ownership papers of his land and demanded a bribe to hand them over. The farmer, identified as Raju said, “Please donate so that I can pay the bribe. If you pay up, you can get any work done. I can't, so I lost my land. The last two years, I have been struggling.”
The family carries placards and a banner in Telugu that reads that they have no money for a bribe to get their land back. Raju further said, “My 22- acre land in Kurnool was grabbed by my relatives. They paid bribe to a revenue official who was posted there then. When I met that official, he told me that the documents were with the district collector and he would hand them to me over money.” Raju then began protesting in a unique way saying he too would bribe the official and get back his land papers. Raju’s family has fear for its safety as their protest is most likely to upset the officials.
Kurnool district collector, S Satyanarayana said, “Raju’s claims and allegations are baseless. Raju should approach the court if there is a land dispute in the family. Police should charge him for defaming the department.”
Raju’s unique protest has garnered a lot of attention and support.
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