Karnataka Government Destroys Agricultural Land of Tribal Community for Housing Project

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Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 8, 2021

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 is protesting against the takeover of their agricultural land by the Karnataka government for a housing project. They claim to have been dependent on the agricultural land for the last 80 years. In September 2018, a JCB levelled eight acres of the agricultural land without prior notice. The government wants to utilise the land for the 'Ashraya Yojana' housing scheme. Raj Gopal, leader of the tribal community, 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 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. When contacted by LCW, Panchayat Development Officer of T. Bekuppe refused to comment on the issue. The Ashraya Yojana housing scheme is a state-sponsored project introduced in 1991-92. The beneficiaries are selected by the Ashraya Committee, comprising both official and non-official members and headed by a member of the Legislative Assembly. During 2010-11, the Ashraya scheme was renamed Vajpayee Urban Housing scheme. In 2014-15, the scheme introduced a special category that provided housing facility to HIV-affected families and nomadic tribes. The proposed budget for the project for 2015-16 was INR 120 crore.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources, Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

120

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Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

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:

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Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Threats/intimidation

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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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, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Karnataka

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Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Gopal Nayaka, member of the Congress Party

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Documented By

Elizabeth Mani

Reviewed By

Elizabeth Mani

Updated By

Elizabeth Mani

Edited By

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