The entire Congress-led UDF Opposition in Kerala walked out from the Assembly on Wednesday in protest against the government's refusal to order a probe into allegations that real estate 'mafia' had taken over tribal lands in connivance with officials in Palakkad district.
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan (Congress), who sought to raise the issue through an adjournment motion, said 260 acres including 180 acres belonging to tribals and forest land at Nallachinga and Vanarambadi areas was illegally purchased by realtors under the cover of setting up windmills.
The land purchase was in violation of forest and tribal laws, he said, adding the company which purchased the land also managed to get Rs 33 crore as subsidy from the state to set up windmills.
The Congress leader asked the government to retrieve the land and return it to tribals.
State Minister for Welfare of Scheduled and Backward Communities A K Balan said the government would take action on receiving the report of the District Collector.
The Collector has been asked to look into it, he said.
"The government will not allow land grabbers to encroach on tribal and forest lands," he said.
State Minister for Registration S Sharma also assured the House that stringent action would be taken against officials found guilty on the issue.
Speaker K Radhakrishnan refused leave for the motion after the ministers' reply.
Before the walkout, Opposition leader Oommen Chandy demanded a probe by an Assembly Committee and asked the government to order the windmill company to be closed.