Daman Government Orders Demolition of 90 Houses, Turns Schools into Temporary Jails

Reported by

Varsha TorgalkarLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

January 14, 2020

Location of Conflict

Nani Daman

,

Moti Daman

Daman

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

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)

People Affected by Conflict

432

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

0

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State

Daman and Diu

Sector

Land Use

On November 1, 2019, the Daman district administration demolished around 90 houses that it alleged were illegally constructed on a 700-metre stretch of government land between Lighthouse Road and Jampore beach in Daman. According to an Indian Express report, most of the occupants are local fisherfolk who have been living on this land for over 10 years. On November 2, Rakesh Minhas, collector and district magistrate, Daman, announced in a notification that the Government High School of Bhimpore, Nani Daman, and Government High School, Moti Daman, would serve as temporary detention centres till further orders. When Land Conflict Watch called up Sagar Thakkar, tehsildar of Daman, to find out if there was a link between the two, he said, We had served the eviction notice to all occupants staying illegally on the land two months in advance. He, however, did not clarify the reason behind the anti-encroachment drive nor shared details about the two schools being turned into prisons. When Land Conflict Watch called him again to establish if there was a link between the two, he did not respond. On November 3, some 70 people were arrested while protesting against the governments decision and eviction. Police resorted to lathi-charge and used water cannons to disperse protesters and imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code to prevent large gatherings. On November 4, while addressing a press conference, Minhas announced that the affected families would be provided houses under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Awas Yojna, adding that the cheapest housing loan would be made available to the beneficiaries. The houses that have already been built under the scheme should be given on a priority to those whose houses were demolished, he said.

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

0

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Starting Year

2019

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

District collector

Sagar Thakkar, tehsildar of Daman, said, “We had served the eviction notice to all occupants staying illegally on the land two months in advance.” He, however, did not clarify the reason behind the anti-encroachment drive nor shared details about the two schools being turned into prisons.

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

People who were evicted

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

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