Dalits in Punjab's Patiala Protest against Wrongful Auction of Common Land, Arrested

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Damandeep SinghLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 30, 2021

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Caste-Based Conflict



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The Dalits in Kaidupur village in Patiala raised their voices against wrongful auction of agricultural land reserved for them. The auction took place on June 23, 2018. According to the village residents, of the 33 acres reserved for them, 16 acres were allotted to one bidder, which violates the regulations provided under the Punjab Village Common Lands law. They accused the District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO) of compromising the law and protested outside the DDPO office on June 26, 2018. The police arrested the protesters, but they were released on bail the next day. The residents continued with their protest in front of the District Administrative Complex until June 27. Following this, an inquiry was launched, headed by the additional deputy commissioner. According to a news report, the Dalit residents protested against a second auction as well, arguing that the land was allotted to two fake bidders who were proxies for uppercaste men. They claimed that the auction venue was changed without informing them to prevent them from attending the auction and also hinted at political pressure. But the DDPO denied the allegations.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

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Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Reform Laws

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

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Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation of land-reform laws

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Out of Court

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The police arrested protesters outside the DDPO office, but they were released on bail the next day.

Date of Violation

June 26, 2018

Location of Violation

Kaidupur village, Patiala

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District Development and Panchayat Officer

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Damandeep Singh

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Damandeep Singh

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Damandeep Singh

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Damandeep SinghLand Conflict Watch

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