People Demand Right to Free Passage Through Military Area in Jaipur

Reported by

Ashish Gaur

Published on

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

Updated on

August 10, 2017

Location of Conflict

Jaipur Jhotwara area

Jaipur

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

Defence Security

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

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Starting Year

1994

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Infrastructure

There is a road in Jaipur that passes through Indian Army Military station. In 1994, the army tried to block the road citing security reasons. Following which, the residents of Kailash Nagar, a neighbourhood, moved a local court seeking a stay but in vain. Now the residents have appealed in the High Court. Army authorities, in their defence had said that the station needs to be protected. Defence Spokesperson Manish Ojha told LCW researcher that the right of passage claimed by the residents of Kailash Nagar has no basis. "Since the disputed passage is exclusively in Military Area in Jaipur Military station, it is not a public road. Considering military installations like army aviation assets in the vicinity, the Army needs to secure this sensitive area," he said. The residents have also submitted a memorandum to district administration to look into the matter. They want the right to move freely on the road. The residents of Kailash Nagar and other neighbourhoods have led protests demanding the same. They say that they have been using the road for over 40 years now and that restricting their access through the military area will force them to take longer routes to their destinations. There are about 1000 households around the military station. The High Court dismissed the petition and held that it was not a public road. Relying on witness testimony the court held that the road was situated in a military area and entry to the road required a pass. The Supreme Court in 2018 rejected an appeal against the high court's judgement.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for better access to common land/resources

Demand for legal recognition of land rights

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Constitutional Law, Case Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Constitution of India, 1950
Article 19(1)(d): Freedom of movement; Article 19(6): Reasonable restrictions on fundamental rights.
Saghir Ahmad v. State of Uttar Pradesh and Ors. (1954 AIR 728 SC, Supreme Court)
The State holds public roads as a trustee on behalf of the public. Members of the public are entitled as beneficiaries to use them as a matter of right and this right is limited only by similar rights possessed by every other citizen to use the pathways.
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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:

Lack of legal protection over land rights

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

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)

Rajasthan High Court; Supreme Court

Case Number

SB Civil Second Appeal No. 504 of 2007 (Raj HC); SLP (C) Diary No. 18317 of 2018 (SC)

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

Advocacy (for inclusion in courts)

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Rajasthan government, Indian Army

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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?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Bhutpurv Sainik Samiti

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