JCB Driver Killed in Rajasthan During Demolition Drive To Evict Nomadic Communities

Reported by

Ashish Gaur

Published on

September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019

Updated on

September 11, 2019

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

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Starting Year

2019

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Land Use

On August 25,2019, a driver operating an earth mover was killed in violence during an antiencroachment drive in Tausar village in Rajasthan's Nagaur district. The demolition drive was ordered by the Nagaur district collector to remove encroachment on nearly one hectare of pasture land in Tausar where 73 families from nomadic communities had built 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. As the authorities demolished the houses of the nomads there, they are now living in makeshift settlements there. 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 and one parson from the Banjara community is in jail facing charges of murder. 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 nomadic 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. As of June 2021, the Banjara families in the village are awaiting for better rehabilitation.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for rehabilitation

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Rajasthan Land Revenue Act, 1956
Section 91 [Any person in unauthorised occupation of any land shall be regarded a trespasser and may be summarily evicted from there by the Tehsildar at any time or upon the application of a local authority at whose disposal such land has been placed.]
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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:

Forced evictions/dispossession of land

Lack of legal protection over land rights

Non-rehabilitation of displaced people

Delay in allottment and possession of land/property

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

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)

Rajasthan High Court

Case Number

D.B. Civil Writ Petition No. 10674/2017

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Killing

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Yes

Reported Details of the Violation:

A driver operating an earth-moving machine was killed after an agitated mob pelted stones at him and thrashed him with sticks.

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Stone pelting

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Rajasthan government

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Dinesh Kumar Yadav, District collector He told Land Conflict Watch that the families had started settling on the government land nearly 40 years ago.

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Dinesh Kumar Yadav, District collector He told Land Conflict Watch that the families had started settling on the government land nearly 40 years ago.

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party

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