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

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Damandeep Singh

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July 14, 2018

July 14, 2018

Updated on

July 14, 2018

Location of Conflict

Kaidupur

Patiala

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Caste-based Conflict

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

6

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Starting Year

2018

State

Punjab

Sector

Land Use

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

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Reform Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act, 1961
Section 5: [Shamlat lands vested in panchayats must be used or disposed of by the panchayat for the benefit of the inhabitants of the village concerned]; Section 6: [Any person aggrieved by the panchayat’s decision to use or regulate shamlat land under Section 5 may prefer an appeal to the Collector within 30 days of such decision or action]; Section 13: [Civil courts do not have jurisdiction over any matter arising out of the operation of this Act]
Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules, 1964
Rule 6: [Lease of shamlat lands will be by auction]; Rule 6(1)(a): [One-third of shamlat land is reserved for giving on lease by auction to members of Scheduled Castes]; Rule 6(2)(a): [The auction shall be subject to the approval of the panchayat samiti]; Rule 6(10): [The lease auction programme must be publicised 15 days before the date of auction, specifying the land to be auctioned, date, time and place]
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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 of land reform laws

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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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Reported Details of the Violation:

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

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

District Development and Panchayat Officer

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