Thursday, August 18, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Tension in Kalghatagi village over land issue

Tension in Kalghatagi village over land issue
TNN | Aug 17, 2011, 11.37PM IST

HUBLI: Tension gripped Kadankoppa village of Kalghatagi taluk in
Dharwad district on Wednesday as a group of villagers let their cattle
feed on soya bean and tur crops raised by dalits allegedly by
encroaching gomala (grazing land).

While dalits maintained that they have been cultivating the lands
since the past 25 years and have also requested the authorities to
regularize it, the upper caste members said that it is the only patch
of land available for the cattle of two villages to graze.

Deputy commissioner Darpan Jain said that he has instructed the
tahshildar to clear the encroachments on gomala as it is meant for
pasture. He denied the dalits claim that they have been cultivating it
since many years and said it was only since the past 15 months they
have been cultivating it. He said the application which the dalits
claim to have submitted for regularization of the land in question is
for a different survey number and has nothing to do with the said

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