West Bengal Government Starts Returning Land Illegally Acquired from Kawakhali Farmers

Reported by

Mitali BiswasLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

March 3, 2021

Location of Conflict



Thiknikata and Porajhar villages


Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate



People Affected by Conflict


Land Area Affected (in Hectares)




West Bengal



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. 

Region Classification


Type of Land


Private and Common

Type of Common Land

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Cost of Project

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Starting Year


Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations, Refusal to give up land for the project

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Left goverment, Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA)

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Trinamul Congress

Has the Conflict Ended?


When did it end?

November, 2017

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