Conflict Over CRPF camp on Community Forest in Kalahandi

Reported by

Sandeep Pattnaik

Published on

February 4, 2017

February 4, 2017

Updated on

February 4, 2017

Location of Conflict

Madanpur Rampur

Kalahandi

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Defence and Security Establishments

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People Affected by Conflict

1118

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

3

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Starting Year

2017

State

Odisha

Sector

Infrastructure

Urladani village under MadanpurRampur block of Kalahandi district is famous as the birth place of the freedom fighter Rendo Majhi. When the British imposed death penalty on him in 1855, his relatives and neighbours fled inside the dense forests. Younger generations of those families are still living in the village. The Urladani Gram Sabha has passed a resolution to allot titles of rights over forest land to the residents under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006 and has placed it before the District Administration. The conflict started when the District Police of Kalahandi started construction of CRPF camp at the ward no 1 of the village on August 19, 2016. Village residents say the land is being used by them for habitation and cultivation and is part of the land on which they have filed claims under the FRA. At the same time, the forest department in Narla range filed an encroachment case (bearing no640/2016 u/s 56) against the tribals and arrested Dubuli Majhi, a community leader along with four others. After securing bail, the tribals met the Superintendent of Police of Kalahandi and requested to established the CRPF camp at an alternate site, a 68Acres of Govt Land lying near the village. Dubuli Majhi also filed a petition in the High Court of Odisha and (WP no20835/2016) against the construction of the camp. The court stayed the construction. However the police rushed to the village and tried to vacate the land by removing families, including that of Dubuli Majhi. Village residents allege the police also beat up Majhi's wife Manojini. The CRPF has started construction of the camp even as the village residents continue to oppose the move and demand recognition of their forest rights.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

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Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

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Has the Conflict Ended?

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest Rights Act of 2006

Legislations/Policies Involved

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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:

Non-implementation/violation of FRA

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Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Reported Details of the Violation:

On 29th January 2017, Manojini Majhi, one of the village residents, was injured in the police action during a protest. Police filed a case (number: u/s 147,148,294,506,120(b),186,427,149) against 40 tribals and detained 15 persons including Manojini along with a minor.

Date of Violation

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Nature of Protest

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

District Administration, Kalahandi, Central Reserve Police Force

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