Temple Authorities in Rajasthan Allegedly Encroached Upon Dalit Families' Land

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Ashish GaurLand Conflict Watch

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February 8, 2021

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The conflict is on 18 bighas land in Kareda village, which is nearly 54 km from Bhilwara. The conflict is between Dalit families and Hindu temple priests. As per the documents, the land was donated by erstwhile Mewar Raja Bahadur Amar Singh to SC/ST communities in 1945 who have been cultivating the land. The dispute arose when the land was registered in the name of Aaraji Charbhuja Temple in 1991 allegdely by coercion. Due to lackadaisical attitude of the government authorities, the dispute remained unsettled. The temple priests allegedly started threatening the SC/ST families in 2015. In May 2015, these families protested against the priests who was trying to capture their agriculture land. A police case was registered by the SC/ST families and an FIR was filed. On February 26, 2017, houses of dalits were demolished with bulldozers on directions of the priests. Dalit families have registered an FIR again in November 2017 saying that matter is pending before the court. On March 14, 2018, hundreds of dailts marched for Bhilwara and presented a memorandum to district administration demanding action against the priests and their followers. They demanded solution to the land conflict. Bhilwara district collector Mahaveer Prasad Sharma said that the property is disputed and the matter is pending with the court. He said that clashes occurred due to land possession issues.

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Rajasthan Government , Bhilwara District administration

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