A week after a man and his son were murdered for moving the Madras high court to retrieve an encroached lake at Mudhalaipatti in Karur district , revenue officials started work on reshaping the lake here on Tuesday.
A team led by district revenue officer (DRO) S Surya Prakash took up the drive with the assistance of about 50 policemen this morning. Earth movers were engaged in leveling the lake, which had lost its shape due to indiscriminate encroachment by a group of villagers for more than three decades. Heavy vehicles flattened furrows in the 39 acres of the encroached land. The block development officer of Thogamalai was tasked with creating proper bunds along the lake.
Revenue divisional officer (RDO), Kulithalai, Liyakath Ali has asked the revenue staff to check whether there were any encroachments on the inflow canal to the lake, which had not seen water for years. The drive continued smooth without any objection. The officials said that since the court intervened into the matter following the brutal double murder , encroachers stayed away from the issue.
On August 3, a team led by the district revenue officer visited the lake as per the directive of the bench of the Madras high court to file a status report on the eviction process. The court had taken suo motu cognizance of the case after Veeramalai, 65, and his son Nallathambi, 40, were killed by a gang in the village on July 29 for moving the court to retrieve the lake. The murder took place after Thogaimalai block development officer evicted the encroachers based on the court order. The court had asked the tahsildar to file a status report in the court on August 14.