Guntur: Whistleblowers and locals of Guntur, who filed complaints in the illegal limestone mining case, said they are being beaten up by illegal mining gangs or implicated in false cases.
Whistleblower K Guravachary of Pidiguralla, who first filed a PIL in 2015, told TOI, “I was badly beaten up by the illegal mining gang. When I sought police help, they were shifting me from one police station to another. For 20 days, police hid me. The CBI has recorded my statement,” he said.
TN Sharma, a co-accused in the mining scam, said then Gurazala MLA Yarapathaneni Srinivas Rao and his followers had threatened him in April 2014 to hand over his family-owned property of limestone quarry. “The AP Brahmana Seva Samakhya had represented the matter to the Crime Investigation Department. The CID wrote a letter to Guntur rural SP enquiring about the life threat to me. False cases were filed against me but I obtained bail. A false case of SC, ST Atrocities Prevention Act was also booked on me. I went underground to Bangkok and Nepal to save my life,” Sharma told TOI.
Another whistleblower and former MLC TGV Krishna Reddy, who also filed a PIL, was booked in a fake murder case.
He said whoever opposed illegal mining was targeted. “Even police, revenue and mining officials are acting against whistleblowers,” he said.