Rights activist moves NHRC for CBI probe in land scam

Bhubaneswar, Sep 7: Even as the forest land grabbing issue in
the state capital has refused to die down, the National Human Rights Commission
(NHRC) has been moved over such a case where lands of triabl people have been taken
away by bureaucrats and politicians in Jajpur district.

The petitioner, Puri-based human rights activist Jayanta
Kumar Das who has moved the apex human rights watchdog demanding a CBI probe
into the case, alleged that one 16 poor tribal families were made landless by
one land mafia with the help of bureaucrats and politicians by manipulation and
transferred the forest land in his name in Chakradharapur panchyat in Jajpur
district which amounts human rights violation. 
According to the petitioner 16 landless tribal families were
provided 32 acres of land (two acres of land to every family) by the State Government
near Bali Sahi (in front of Anjira Sal forest), in Chakradharpur panchayat in
Jajpur since long. 
Surprisingly one person named Baidhara Sahu allegedly vacated
all the 16 tribal families from their land forcibly and occupied their land. 
Sources said Baidhara stated that he has purchased the land
and even he has produced regarding the purchase and even told that he has
purchased 42 acres of land in that place and planted cashew plants.
He even admitted that the ‘purchased’ land was jungle ‘kisam’
and he has not yet got the patta for the same from the concerned Teshil. 
But according to the tribals, long back they were allotted
with two acres of land by the government with cashew plants existing on it.
Meanwhile, the petitioner stated that the concerned Teshildar
said that no government land is allotted to any body and “Chaka bandi” is going
on in that area and final patta is not yet issued to any person.
The petitioner alleged that due to the unlawful act of land
mafias the fundamental rights of poor citizens are being hampered violating their
human rights under Article 14, 21& 46 of Constitution of India.
He has urged the commission to ensure justice to these poor and
illiterate tribal families by ordering a CBI probe into the entire matter.

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