During 2010-2011, around 200 families under the jurisdiction of the Yarazarvi Village Assembly in Saudatti tehsil in Karnataka's Belagavi district were allotted 15 acres of land by the tehsildar for building houses after they submitted a request for the same. Documents stating their ownership rights were handed over to them as well. But on March 22, 2014, the state government sent a notice to the families stating that the land belonged to the government. When Land Conflict Watch asked Munivenkataswamy, the development officer of the village, about the situation, he said, since the government has sent a notice, the residents are scared of demolition. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to help because the Village Assembly has nothing to do with the land; it was given to the villagers by the tehsildar. The families, meanwhile, continue to live in the area in fear of eviction.
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