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Chhattisgarh's forced land acquisition: Tribals file police complaint

  • Chhattisgarh's forced land acquisition: Tribals file police complaint

    Summary: "Karamsingh Rathia, an Adivasi from Katangdi village, told Amnesty International India: "The company people came to me and asked to sell my land. And if they did not sell their land, the company would occupy it and dump iron, ash and coal over it, and villagers would get nothing. I refused to sell, but a middleman said that since my land was in the middle of the proposed company site, I had to sell it. If the content is found to be eligible for an FIR, police would register one in this case too. Given the scale of the alleged abuses, the police must also investigate whether these allegations provide evidence of a pattern of wrongful dispossession of land."

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    RAIPUR: Around 80 tribals have complained to Raigarh police that they had been cheated and forced to sell their lands by two private coal companies but the police refused to register an FIR stating that they would first conduct a "preliminary inquiry" to find if it was a cognizable offence. Taking a strong stand for the tribals, Amnesty International India has asked Chhattisgarh government to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation on alleged complaints.Several members of local communities in the villages of Khokhraaoma, Katangdi , Bhengari and Nawapara Tenda , many of whom are not formally literate, said that they had been forced into selling their land to people acting as agents for private companies.The transactions of land, mostly benami, took place from 2004 to 2011 in different phases for two separate companies.Addressing the media in state capital, Pavitri Manjhi, sarpanch of Benghari village said, "When the villagers refused to sell their land, the mediators said that the state government had already given the village to private companies. And if they did not sell their land, the company would occupy it and dump iron, ash and coal over it, and villagers would get nothing."Karamsingh Rathia, an Adivasi from Katangdi village, told Amnesty International India: "The company people came to me and asked to sell my land.

    I refused to sell, but a middleman said that since my land was in the middle of the proposed company site, I had to sell it. They frequently visited me and compelled me to sell. They also threatened our family."Some villagers alleged that they had not been paid the amount mentioned in the sale deeds, or had been paid only part of it.

    Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/raipur/chhattisgarhs-forced-land-acquisition-tribals-file-police-complaint/articleshow/59164205.cms


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