30 Families in Karnataka's Tumkur Fight against Land Eviction by Government

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Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 13, 2021

Location of Conflict

Nagalamadike

Tumkur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Encroachment by Non-Right Holders (Other than Caste-Based)

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People Affected by Conflict

144

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

6

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Starting Year

2014

State

Karnataka

Sector

Land Use

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/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights, Complaint against procedural violations

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Has the Conflict Ended?

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

  1. Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964

    Section 94B [Grant of land in certain cases to those in unauthorised possession of it]

  2. Karnataka Land Grant Rules, 1969

    Section 7 [Power of revenue officers to grant land]; Section 8 [Procedure for grant of land for agricultural purpose]

  3. 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]

  4. 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

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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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

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Yes

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

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.

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Elizabeth Mani

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