Tuesday, May 31, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Now, dalit farmers accuse Gujarata government of land grabbing



Now, dalit farmers accuse Gujarata government of land grabbing

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 10:52 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA

Dalit farmers of Dhanala village of Dhandhuka taluka have accused the
state government of grabbing their agricultural land. Around 300
people will submit their representation to the district collector of
Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

According to the statement issued by the farmers, the state government
in 1953 had allotted 536.62 acres land to 35 scheduled caste families
of Dhanala village for their livelihood. However, the deputy collector
of Dholka forcibly filled up the fake possession rights from the

Moreover, the deputy collector issued a new order on December 21, 2010
which reduced their land from 15 acres to just 3 acres.

The officials of revenue department forged a fake order dated April
30, 1963 stating that the land was acquired by getting approvals of
the owners at that time. The farmers in their statement also stated
that four of the farmers who had claimed to give their consent, had
died before 1963.

The farmers have filed 24 petitions in the High Court that ordered the
district collector of Ahmedabad for detailed inquiry into the order.

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