Adivasis Occuping Pasture Land in Rajasthan's Pindwara Served Eviction Notices

Reported by

Ashish Gaur

Published on

September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019

Updated on

September 11, 2019

Location of Conflict

Pindwara

Sirohi

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

48

ha

Starting Year

2016

State

Rajasthan

Sector

Land Use

In Pindwara tehsil of Sirohi district in Rajasthan, members of Adivsi communities have settled on 48 hectares of pasture land. According to officials, the occupation began in 2004. Allegedly, around 35 people bribed the panchayat to obtain noobjection certificates to build concrete houses on a hectare of the pasture land. However, following a complaint by some people under the leadership of the Shiv Sena, the Lokayukta directed the local administration to cancel the land allotment.  Ramesh Rawal, district president of the Shiv Sena in Pindwara, told Land Conflict Watch that even after his protests in the matter in 201617, the Pindwara village panchayat did not take swift action. According to him, the occupants have dug borewells on the pasture land and are cultivating the land, making it difficult for cattle and other livestock to graze.  He said that the local people held a meeting on August 9, 2019, and submitted a letter warning the local administration that if it failed to remove the encroachments, they would hold a protest on August 20.  As the panchayat did not act on the warning, the residents protested by taking their cattle to the panchayat office. They protested for more than five hours and called off the agitation only when the officials assured them of action. Tehsildar Brajesh Gupta told Land Conflict Watch that notices have been issued to the occupants and that their settlements would be demolished if the district administration approved additional force to carry out the demolition drive. 

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (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

Other, Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws, Land Reform Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

Rajasthan Land Revenue Act, 1956
Section 91 [The Tehsildar may evict anyone occupying land without lawful authority]; Section 92 [Land may be set aside for free pasturage of cattle].
Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, 1994
Section 50 read with First Schedule Para I (iv) [Removal of encroachments on public property is a function of the Panchayat.]
Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996
Section 4(m)(iii) [The power to prevent alienation of land should be given to the panchayat by the State legislature in Schedule V areas.]
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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:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

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)

Case Number

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

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Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Shiv Sena , Bajrang Dal, Pindwara Traders' Association

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