JCB Driver Killed in Rajasthan During Demolition Drive To Evict Nomads

Reported by

Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

April 30, 2020

Location of Conflict

Tausar

,

Nagaur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

Eviction drive

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People Affected by Conflict

350

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1

ha

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Land Use

During an anti-encroachment drive in Tausar village in Rajasthan's Nagaur district on August 25, 2019, a driver operating an earth mover was killed in a stone-pelting attack by a mob, who also thrashed him with sticks. The demolition drive was ordered by the Nagaur district collector to remove encroachment on nearly one hectare of pasture land in Tausar where 73 nomad families had made concrete houses. District collector Dinesh Kumar Yadav told Land Conflict Watch that the families had started settling on the government land nearly 40 years ago. He added that the demolition drive was carried out in compliance with an order of the Rajasthan High Court. A few villagers who owned land in the vicinity had earlier moved the High Court to remove the settlement on what was registered as government land. Following the death of the driver, a case of murder, obstruction of the discharge of public duty and damage to public vehicles was registered against two local politicians, besides several others. The investigation is now pending with the Crime Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department. Meanwhile, the Nagaur district administration has paid a compensation of INR 20 lakh to the family members of the deceased. After the incident, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party member Hanuman Beniwal staged a protest, along with the nomad families, demanding rehabilitation. The protest continued for four days and ended when Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot assured the protesters of rehabilitation. However, the district authorities informed Land Conflict Watch that there is no provision in the law to rehabilitate encroachers on government land.

Region Classification

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land)

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Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

1

ha

Starting Year

2019

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Rajasthan government

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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