MACHILIPATNAM: The local police have been put on an alert with YSRCP president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy deciding to tour three of the villages in the Machilipatnam mandal -- where the government is planning to acquire 32,000 acres for setting up a sea port and facilitate the establishment of port-based industries -- on Wednesday.
The police are keeping a close watch on his tour in the wake of the bitter experience BC Welfare Minister K Ravindra and M P K Narayana had faced when they recently visited the villages to convince the villagers to give up their land for the sea port.
In fact, it was the people of Kona village who had categorically told the TDP leaders that they were not ready to part with their land regardless of what the government intended to do for them in lieu of their land.
APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy too had faced a hostile reception when he had visited the village.
Jaganmohan Reddy is visiting the villages after the YSRCP leaders brought to his notice the concerns of the farmers that they will lose their livelihood if their land is snatched. He is expected to visit three villages in the Machilipatnam mandal -- Thummacheruvu, Pedakaragraharam and Potlapalem. DSP D Sravan Kumar told ENS that the police were making foolproof security arrangements.