On April 15, 2009, farmers Rajan and PP Baby were surprised to see hundreds of trucks unloading sand in a field adjacent to their land in Kizhakkambalam in Ernakulam district of Kerala, an eastern suburb of Kochi. But the two, who also happened to be CPI(M) activists, were busy with the Lok Sabha elections that were being held in the state the next day and unable to look into the matter.
“We did not have time to look into the matter until the election got over. After that, we made a complaint to the authorities, including the panchayat, the land revenue commissioner and the then chief minister VS Achuthanandan,” they recall.
The farmers had no idea who was behind this even as the field that used to yield paddy was soon filled up with sand.
As they pressed the authorities to probe more, it was revealed that the land — around 27 acres — was owned by the Mumbai-based Adani Infrastructure and Developers Private Ltd, Adani Landscape Private Ltd (Ahmedabad) and Aaloka Real Estate Private Ltd.
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