Mysores residents who are refusing to return to their homes because of the drought in the district will have to find new homes elsewhere, an official said.
“We have an urgent problem in the state and we have to go elsewhere,” said P.S. Prasad, district collector.
The official said a committee has been formed to provide shelter to the residents.
According to local reports, the government had issued the order after a man from a neighbouring village allegedly beat up a man and a woman in the same village and set fire to their house in January.
The villagers refused to return.
“They are refusing, they are resisting, and if they don’t get it, they will leave,” Prasada said.
The man and the woman who had refused to leave were arrested by police and charged under the Prevention of Crime Act.
The incident also sparked outrage in the local community.
“The community is upset and there is a lot of anger.
People have not gone away.
The situation is not under control,” said Prasadas nephew, Manoj Kumar, a resident of Chittoor in the Kothi district of Karnataka.