50 Families in MP's Rewa District Seek Titles over Alleged Government Land

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Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

April 22, 2021

Location of Conflict

Duari

Rewa

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

Beautification drive

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People Affected by Conflict

240

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

2

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Starting Year

2007

State

Madhya Pradesh

Sector

Land Use

Fifty families in Duari village in Rewa district have been fighting with the village panchayat over the ownership of five acres of land given to them by the district administration 13 years ago, although they do not have title deeds for the land. The residents claim that private builders are trying to grab the land with the help of the panchayat. In the past 12 years, the families have approached the panchayat, the Village Assembly, the tehsil office and the district collector demanding legal titles. They have also submitted many memorandums to the district administration. In response, the district authorities asked the sarpanch to resolve the issue. Two years ago, an antiencroachment team tried to demolish the houses of these 50 families, which led to a fight between the officials and the villagers. The latter burnt the vehicles of the officials to force them to retreat in order to save their homes. Sarpanch Narendra Shukla points out that according to the map of the revenue department, the land belongs to the government. He claims that the families are living illegally on a plot of government land meant for a community pond. The land is due for a beautification drive, which includes building of parks around the public pond, he told LCW. The residents filed a case against the sarpanch and district administration in the Jabalpur High Court last year, which is still pending.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

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Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Constitutional Law

Legislations/Policies Involved

  1. Constitution of India, 1950

    Article 300 (A) [Right to property]

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, Land-record discrepancies , Lack of legal protection over land rights

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Pending

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Jabalpur High Court

Case Number

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

Property damage/arson, Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Rewa district administration, Duari panchayat

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Yes

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Sarpanch Narendra Shukla told LCW that according to the map of the revenue department, the land belongs to the government. He claims that the families are living illegally on a plot of government land meant for a community pond. The land is due for a beautification drive, which includes building of parks around the public pond, he added.

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Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

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Documented By

Elizabeth Mani

Reviewed By

Elizabeth Mani

Updated By

Elizabeth Mani

Edited By

Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch
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