Karnataka Government Destroys Agricultural Land of Tribal Community for Housing Project

Reported by

Elizabeth Mani

Published on

October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018

Updated on

October 8, 2018

Location of Conflict

Chokkasandra Kanakapura

Ramanagara

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate

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People Affected by Conflict

240

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

6

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Starting Year

2018

State

Karnataka

Sector

Infrastructure

The Alala Thanda tribal community has been protesting against the takeover of their agricultural land by the state government for the 'Ashraya Yojana' housing project. The tribe members claim to have been dependent on the agricultural land for the last 80 years. In September 2018, a JCB reportedly levelled eight acres of agricultural land without prior notice. Tribal leader Raj Gopal told LCW that farmers of the Alala Thanda community have been paying property tax for the last 80 years. "But the government destroyed the land without any notice. We will fight until we get justice." The farmers approached the Kanakapura rural police station to lodge an FIR, but the police reportedly refused to file a case. They then filed a complaint with the police superintendent of Ramanagara as well as the state forest department but are yet to receive any response. The farmers also alleged that Gopal Nayaka, a member of the Congress Party, along with local goons, approached them in their homes at night and threatened to kill them if they refused to cooperate with the land acquisition for the project. When contacted by LCW, Panchayat Development Officer T. Bekuppe refused to comment on the issue. The Ashraya Yojana housing scheme is a statesponsored project introduced in 199192. The beneficiaries are selected by the Ashraya Committee, comprising both official and nonofficial members and headed by a member of the Legislative Assembly. During 201011, the Ashraya scheme was renamed Vajpayee Urban Housing scheme. In 201415, the scheme introduced a special category that provided housing to HIVaffected families and nomadic tribes. 

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Complaint against procedural violations

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

120

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

Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964
Section 67 [Public roads, paths, etc. to belong to state government if they are not property of individuals]; Section 69 [Such state government-owned land can be disposed of or dealt with by the regional deputy/assistant commissioner in charge of a tehsil or the tehsildar for construction of buildings]; Section 71 [Lands to be assigned by Survey Officers for a specific purpose and such lands cannot be used for any other purpose. The provision illustrates Survey Officers assigning such lands for pasturage of village cattle or forest reserves]
Karnataka Land Grant Rules, 1969
Rule 18A [To provide housing to houseless and weaker sections, state government to provide scheme prior to grant of land]
Karnataka Acquisition of Lands for Grant of House Sites Act, 1972
Section 3 [Acquisition of land for public purpose by state government to be done only after publication of notice to owner, occupiers and all interested persons]
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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:

No items found.

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

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)

Case Number

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Reported Details of the Violation:

Farmers alleged that Gopal Nayaka, a member of the Congress Party, along with local goons, approached them in their homes at night and threatened to kill them if they refused to cooperate with the land acquisition.

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Karnataka

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Panchayat Development Officer T. Bekuppe refused to comment on the issue.

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Panchayat Development Officer T. Bekuppe refused to comment on the issue.

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Gopal Nayaka, member of the Congress Party

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