More than 700 farmers in Gulbarga district have been fighting for the last eight years to denotify a land acquisition notice. In 2010, the state-owned Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) sent a notification to the farmers in Shekharaja, Pattappuram, Sindhagi, Taj Sultanpur and Keri Bhosga villages in the district to acquire their agricultural land of 2,229 acres for industrial purpose. The farmers, along with the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, protested as they did not want to give up their residential and agricultural land for industrial purpose. Following the protest, the deputy commissioner of the region conducted a meeting and formed a team to verify the claims of the farmers about the notice of land acquisition. The farmers approached the Karnataka High Court challenging the acquisition. The court agreed to the farmers' request to quash the preliminary notification. Umakant Nidugundi, former president of Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, told LCW, "Quashing the preliminary notification will not make it invalid unless the land acquisition order is de-notified. If the government acquires fertile agricultural land for industrial purpose, the farmers in the affected villages will become destitute, and people will have to move to different cities for work. The agricultural output within Gulbarga will also be reduced." KIADB acquires land from farmers in the state, which is then sold to industries that require land for projects. The farmers are not provided with any information about the projects for which their land is acquired.
Refusal to give up land for the project
Urban and Rural
Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)
Has the Conflict Ended?
When did it end?
Why did the conflict end?
Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict
Land Acquisition Laws
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:
Status of Case In Court
Whether any adjudicatory body was approached
Name of the adjudicatory body
Name(s) of the Court(s)
Karnataka High Court
Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:
Whether criminal law was used against protestors
Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?
Reported Details of the Violation:
Date of Violation
Location of Violation
Nature of Protest
Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches
Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:
Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board
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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?
Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached
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