जलपाईगुड़ी,: लघु चाय बागान की जमीन पर अखिल भारतीय आदिवासी विकास परिषद (आविप) के समर्थकों ने दलीय झंडा गाड़कर कब्जा कर लिया। यह घटना जलपाईगुड़ी सदर प्रखंड के पातकाटा ग्राम पंचायत अंतर्गत जमादारपाड़ा में घटी है। जब कि बागान मालिक चित्तलाल मजूमदार का कहना है कि जबरिया कब्जा किया गया है। हम कानून का दरवाजा खटखटाएंगे। स्थानीय निवासी बलिराम उरांव, कान्दू उरांव ने बताया कि वर्ष 2000 में परिवार के लोगों को उल्टा सीधा समझाकर मामूली रुपए के एवज में जमीन ओम प्रकाश अग्रवाल ने खरीदी थी। इसके बाद 2003 में उसी जमीन में लघु चाय बागान तैयार किया गया। उस समय स्थानीय लोगों को बागान में कारखाना खोलकर उसमें नौकरी दिलाने की बात कही गई थी। आविप समर्थित प्रोग्रेसिव टी वर्कर्स यूनियन के स्थानीय अध्यक्ष प्रधान हेमब्रम ने कहा कि कानूनन अनु. जनजाति की जमीन खरीदने पर रोक है। इस कानून का उल्लंघन करते हुए जमीन की खरीद की गई। इसलिए हमने भूमि सुधार विभाग से जमीन के कागजात निकालकर जमीन को वापस करने के लिए कहा। उन्होंने बताया कि वर्तमान में यह लघु चाय बागान 44 बीघा जमीन में स्थित है। इसमें से स्थानीय आदिवासियों ने 22 बीघा जमीन पर दखल कर लिया है। प्रधान हेमब्रम ने बताया है कि वर्तमान मालिक से उनकी बात हुई है। वह इस जमीन को छोड़ने के लिए राजी भी हैं। साभार–दैनिकजागरण
Tribal tea union ‘recovers’ Adivasi land
Parishad says planter duped owners
Jalpaiguri, May 4: The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad today “took back” land that was being used by a Siliguri-based planter as a small tea garden for the past five years, alleging that he had duped the Adivasi owners.
The Jalpaiguri administration has termed the “takeover” illegal. “Who gave them the rights or the responsibility of reclaiming tribal land? There is an administration and government procedure for everything. They should have come to us and we would have taken the appropriate steps,” district magistrate Vandana Yadav said.
But the Parishad alleged that complaints to the administration — that a non-tribal has bought tribal land, which is illegal — had been ignored.
Today, around 12.30pm, the workers of the plantation and the tribal owners of the land accompanied by members of the Progressive Tea Workers’ Union (PTWU), a Parishad-affiliate, marched into Jamadarpara, about 12km from here. The protesters were led by the assistant secretary of the Raipur unit of the PTWU, Pradhan Hembram.
Planting the Parishad flag in the garden, the marchers “took over” 22 bighas of the small garden adjacent to the Raipur tea estate and declared Chitta Majumdar, who has been running the estate on behalf of planter Om Prakash Agarwal, an illegal occupant. “This Agarwal had promised jobs to the Adivasi land owners and their family members, taking advantage of their gullibility. There are about 10 families whose land was taken away,” Hembram said.
The protesters plucked 50kg of tealeaves that was sold to a bought-leaf factory at Rs 15 a kg. “We will soon form a cooperative from among the members of the families who own the land and it will operate the garden and share the profit,” Hembram said.
Tezkumar Toppo, the state general secretary of the Parishad, said he saw nothing wrong in the occupation of the land and that it was part of a democratic movement by the Adivasis as the administration and police had tried to hush up matters.
“In April last year, we tried to prevent Majumdar from running the garden. Matters turned ugly as his men and ours almost came to blows and the police were called. On April 12, 2010, I lodged a formal complaint on behalf of the Parishad with the backward classes welfare department with the plea that the land be returned to the owners. Three days later, a meeting was convened at the Kotwali police station which Agarwal attended.”
Agarwal allegedly told the police that he had taken a power of attorney from one Ramu Oraon, who had bought 39 bighas of land from 10 owners of Jamadarpara in 2002. Subsequent inquiries by the police had revealed that nobody by the name of Oraon existed.
When the block land records office on instructions from the backward classes welfare department identified the 22 of the 39 bighas as belonging to the Adivasis, the Parishad decided to occupy it.
Kandru Oraon said his father, the late Budhuram Oraon, had sold 12 bighas to Agarwal for Rs 3,000 about 10 years ago. “He had promised us jobs but mostly non-tribals work in the garden,” Kandru said. Agarwal could not be reached, but his wife Manju Devi said: “I cannot say anything about the land… All I can say is that Majumdar was given a power of attorney to run the garden.”
Majumdar claimed that he did not know that the garden was on tribal land.
“I have allowed the Parishad to take over 22 bighas without any pact. The rest of the bighas are not on tribal land,” he said.Courtesy:TheTelegraph.