February 23, 2016
The journalists’ fast demanding allocation of land at nominal rates entered the second day on Tuesday. The strike was not called off in spite of threats of arrest.
A four-member team, led by Nandakumar from Raj TV, began a protest inside the Coimbatore District Collectorate on Monday pressing the 20-year long demand.
While representatives from political parties, industrial units and government staff workers’ associations who visited the venue on Monday and extended their solidarity with the fasting journalists, media persons also came out in support.
However, sources claimed that police personnel had threatened the protesting members with arrest as the hunger strike was being held inside the Collectorate.
Members of various organisations who had come to show their support said that despite this being a long pending demand, the District Administration had failed to make a positive move in the issue.
“The file that was sent by the State government has not even reached the desk of DRO and is being delayed without reason by the Administration,” one of the members said. He further added that while the government was ready to give houses in the outskirts, they were not ready to give land within the city limits.
“Journalists need to be within the city limits to gather news. It would be hard for them and their families if they are living in the outskirts,” they added.
Meanwhile, there was no positive response from the government regarding the issue.