Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender has got embroiled in a controversy after he was accused of forcibly taking away the assigned lands from the farmers of Achampet and Hakimpet villages in Masaipet Mandal of Medak district.
Reacting to the allegations, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao instructed the Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and Vigilance and Enforcement wing Director-General Purnachandra Rao to find out the truth in the allegations. KCR has ordered a probe into this matter.
Villagers of Achampet and Hakimpet alleged that Health Minister Etela Rajender had misused his position and had grabbed the assigned lands from a few farmers.
They further accused the minister of colluding with the revenue officials and tampering land records and illegally taking over their lands.
Speaking to media persons, Achampet Sarpanch Laxmi said that Etela Rajender was preventing the villagers from entering their lands. She explained that "About three decades ago, the government granted the lands to farmers when they were barren lands. We've cleaned up the shrubs and plants so that we can start cultivating. The Minister, on the other hand, is now demanding possession of these lands."
Some villagers even said that a few people had sold their lands to the health minister. Now, the staff at Etela's poultry farm say that their lands are located elsewhere and asked them to approach the revenue officials who have also thrown up their hands in the matter.
The villagers said that Etela Rajender had illegally constructed a compound wall around the poultry and some farmers were not able to go to their lands.