Suryapet: The villagers of Guttakadi Thanda, Samulu Thanda and Centram Thanda staged a half-naked protest at the district Collectorate for not declaring their tribal hamlets as gram panchayats and also threatened to boycott the upcoming grama panchayat election. A group of people from these three tribal hamlets have also submitted a memorandum to the Joint Collector in this regard. Guttakadi Thanda, Samulu Thanda and Centram thanda are currently hamlets of Chennemila grama panchayat in Maddirala mandal..
After submitting the memorandum to the officials, they also staged a demonstration at the entrance of the district Collectorate and raised slogans. They also displayed a banner saying that the people of these three hamlets resolved to boycott the panchayat elections. They said the three hamlets fulfil all parameters fixed by the State government for announcing tribal hamlets as gram panchayats. Unfortunately, the thandas were not declared as gram panchayat, which would impact the development of their hamlets, they said..