The N.R. Pura taluk administration has decided to look for suitable land for the Havugolla tribal community people, who left Siguvani village on Thursday following a ‘blind belief’.

The officers of the taluk administration held a meeting with representatives of the community at N.R. Pura on Saturday and appealed them to return to the taluk.

Around 25 families of the community, who had settled in Siguvani for over 15 years, left the village believing that deaths would occur in their families during the total lunar eclipse. Fed up with recent deaths in their families, many had visited temples. They said the deities had conveyed to them through the priests that they should vacate their place to avoid deaths.

Tahsildar T. Gopinath and Taluk Panchayat Executive Officer Prakash Vaddar visited the place on Friday, the day after the families had left. Through locals, they contacted the tribal families and appealed them to come back. However, they refused to return. “In fact, for last several years, they have been demanding the government grant of land they had settled on. But, now they want a different land,” Mr. Vaddar told
The Hindu
on Sunday.

Responding to the officers’ call, around six families, who had gone to Narve village in Koppa taluk, visited N.R. Pura and participated in a meeting convened by the administration. “As per our records, 23 families of the community were settled in Siguvani. They all had got Aadhaar and ration cards. They were also included in the list of residents with no houses two years ago. However, they had not updated the list by providing Aadhaar and ration cards. Even when our officers went to their place recently for updation, they refused to give details stating they would be leaving the place soon,” Mr. Vaddar said. The officers have decided to locate suitable land for the 23 families. “At present, there is an acre of government land in Bale Gram Panchayat. We are ready to look for a suitable land and allot the same to the families. Another meeting will be held on Monday on this issue,” Mr. Vaddar added.

T.D. Raje Gowda, Sringeri MLA, will participate in the meeting.

Nagaraj, a representative of the tribal families, who met the officers on Saturday, told the officers that his community people would come back only if they were assured of land in a different place, not at Siguvani.

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