Rajasthan Panchayat Claims Encroachment on Government Land Affecting Development Work

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Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 29, 2021

Location of Conflict

Kotkasim

Alwar

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

Building of roads, government offices

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People Affected by Conflict

96

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

3

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Starting Year

2019

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Land Use

Kotkasim panchayat in Rajasthan's Alwar district has alleged that nearly 20 families have encroached upon 3.03 hectares of government land in Khatikan Mohalla on the bank of the Sabi River. According to the panchayat members, the families started settling on the land nearly 30 years ago. Over the years, the sarpanches (heads of village panchayat) kept on changing, and some favoured the families. They even issued land allotment letters to some of the families, providing them legal titles to the land. On March 6, 2019, Sarpanch Mahaveer Acharya decided to remove the allegedly illegal settlements. A team of the panchayat reached the area with bulldozers but were met with protests by the people living there. Facing immense pressure from the families, the panchayat officials returned without demolishing the settlements. Acharya also noted that the panchayat had written a letter to Kotkasim tehsildar Ajeet Yadav on March 6, who assured him of action against the occupants. In the letter, Acharya had alleged that the encroachment was blocking a road leading to the village's Anganwadi. New headline: Kotkasim Panchayat in Rajasthan's Alwar Seeks to Evict Households on Government Land

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other

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:

Lack of legal protection over land rights, Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Case Number

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials , Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Alwar district administration, Kotkasim panchayat

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Documented By

Ashish Gaur

Reviewed By

Ashish Gaur

Updated By

Ashish Gaur

Edited By

Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch
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