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

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Shivam MoghaLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

February 8, 2021

Location of Conflict

Venkatapur Thanda



Reason or Cause of Conflict

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

Burial ground



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On August 11, 2018, residents of Venkatapur Thanda village in Telangana's 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 Hyderabad-based 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, lodged a police complaint and 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 Ltd. 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 the media report.

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Private and Common

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Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

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Demand for legal recognition of land rights, Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

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