More than 30 families in Nagalamadike village in Tumkur district have been fighting since 2014 against land eviction by the Muzrai department, a government department responsible for the monitoring of temples and religious institutions in the state. The department operates under the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment (Amended) Act, 2011. In May 2014, the department sent a notice to the village residents that the 15acre land on which they had built houses belonged to the government. However, the residents claimed that the land was allotted to them 20 years ago by the Nagalamadike panchayat to build houses and that they had been paying property tax for the last 20 years. According to the website of the Karnataka Public Lands Corporation Limited, the families have encroached government land as they do not have title deeds to the allotted land. While panchayat officials claim they are against the eviction, the village residents have accused them of siding with the government. One of the residents, who did not wish to be named, told LCW that the panchayat had been making fake promises to the residents, assuring them of protection against eviction. "In 2016, the Muzrai department tried to evict us, and no one came to our rescue. We have submitted several petitions to the tehsil officer, and we will keep fighting until we get a permanent solution." Panchayat Development Officer B. Narasimmappa told LCW that he was doing everything in his power to stop the eviction by the government. "The Muzrai department has agreed to give titles to the people who claim ownership over the 15 acres of land. We are waiting for the paperwork to be done, he said. However, the Muzrai department has only given a verbal assurance of providing land titles. No formal announcement has been made in this regard.
Demand for legal recognition of land rights, Complaint against procedural violations
Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964
Section 94B [Grant of land in certain cases to those in unauthorised possession of it]
Karnataka Land Grant Rules, 1969
Section 7 [Power of revenue officers to grant land]; Section 8 [Procedure for grant of land for agricultural purpose]
Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1997
Section 32 [The Deputy Commissioner/Assistant Commissioner/any other officer appointed by the state government shall, after enquiry, issue notice to any person in unauthorised possession of land granted to notified institutions, to restore possession of such land to the notified institution within 30 days from the date of such notice and in default of compliance take steps to evict the occupant and to restore the property to the notified institution]
Karnataka Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1974
Section 5 [Eviction of unauthorised occupants]
Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute
What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?
Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:
Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land, Lack of legal protection over land rights, Land-record discrepancies
Out of Court
Status of Case In Court
Whether any adjudicatory body was approached
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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:
Whether criminal law was used against protestors
Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?
Reported Details of the Violation:
Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Nature of Protest
Protests/marches, Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Muzrai Department, Nagalamadike panchayat
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Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?
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Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:
Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?
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