Residents of Venkatapur Thanda in Telangana Protest Encroachment of Common Burial Land

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Shivam MoghaLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

April 17, 2021

Location of Conflict

Venkatapur Thanda

Vikarabad

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Encroachment by Non-Right Holders (Other than Caste-Based)

Burial ground

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People Affected by Conflict

1700

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

2

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Starting Year

State

Telangana

Sector

Land Use

On August 11, 2018, residents of Venkatapur Thanda village in Vikarabad district took out a rally to protest the encroachment of four acres of land, which was donated to them as a burial ground by a Hyderabadbased family. According to a news report, the village residents allege that the land has been encroached upon by Kishan Naik, a powerful resident of the tribal hamlet. Section 441 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, prohibits criminal trespass i.e. entering on to the property of another with an intent to insult, intimidate or annoy.** **The residents, therefore, took to a rally and lodged a police complaint. They also planned to approach the district collector to demand their right over the land. Naik currently serves as the chairman of the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Society and is the director of District Cooperative Central Bank Limited. He had contested the 2009 Legislative Assembly elections as an independent candidate from Pargi constituency. The village residents allege that Naik had sold the plot to realtors as land prices in the district are rising. They argue that it is common land and was not mentioned in the asset declaration affidavit submitted by Naik for the 2009 elections. At a press meet on August 12, 2018, Naik denied the allegations and stated that he is ready to face action if the charges against him are proved, according to a media report. In January 2020, Finance Minister T. Harish Rao stated that the government plans to give Venkatapur Thanda a facelift. Among other utilities, the common burial grounds will be provided with water supply, he stated. This implies that the villagers have not lost their common burial ground to the realtor. Yet, whether Naik was penalised remains ambiguous.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights, 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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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other, Procedural Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

  1. Indian Penal Code, 1860

    Section 441 [Criminal trespass - Whoever enters into property in the possession of another with intent to commit an offence or to intimidate, insult or annoy any person in possession of such property, or having lawfully entered into or upon such property, unlawfully remains there with intent thereby to intimidate, insult or annoy any such person, or with intent to commit an offence, is said to commit criminal trespass]

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:

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

Legal Status:

Out of Court

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Nature of Protest

Protests/marches, Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Police department

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Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

No

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Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

No

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Shivam Mogha

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Shivam Mogha

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