West Bengal Government Starts Returning Land Illegally Acquired from Kawakhali Farmers

Reported by

Mitali Biswas

Published on

September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

Updated on

September 20, 2016

Location of Conflict

Kawakhali

Thiknikata and Porajhar villages

Darjeeling

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate

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People Affected by Conflict

52

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

5

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Starting Year

2005

State

West Bengal

Sector

Infrastructure

On the outskirts of Siliguri, where a proposed township was to come up, 52 land owners from Kawakhali village are demanding their land back from the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA), a subsidiary organisation under the West Bengal government. In 2005, the SJDA had acquired 302 acres of land in Thiknikata, Kawakhali and Porajhar villages. At the time of the acquisition, 52 of 1,700 land owners had refused to give away their land, but their land was forcefully acquired. The dissenting land owners, farmers by occupation, declined the compensation offered and organised protests to mobilise support to win back their land. According to them, the authorities used misleading tactics and took away their land by terming it fallow. On November 27, 2017, the Press Trust of India reported that the state had decided to return the land back to all 52 land owners.  On May 16, 2019, LCW contacted the SJDA via telephone for an update and was directed to the executive engineer, who said that the process of returning the land had got delayed but had started. When asked about the number of people who had received their land so far, they were unable to give a clear number. 

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations

Refusal to give up land for the project

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

9

Type of investment:

Cost of Project

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

November, 2017

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

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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:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints/petitions/letters/memorandums to officials

Protests/marches

Refusal of compensation

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Left goverment, Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA)

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Trinamul Congress

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