Accusing Congress and Samajwadi Party of encouraging land-grabbing in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the land grabbers would be booked under the National Security Act (NSA) and those farmers who had been denied their rights would be allowed to live on the land of their ancestors without any fear.
The announcement was made in Umbha village of Sonebhadra district where the Chief Minister had gone to meet the family members of the tribals who were shot dead by the cohorts of the gram pradhan on July 17.
“The opposition leaders are shedding crocodile tears today but the fact is that this (land-grabbing) ‘sin’ started in 1955 when Congress was in power in UP. The land records were illegally changed in 1989 and then too Congress was in power. And now Congress leaders are pretending as if their heart beats for the poor,” Yogi said.
He announced that a committee has been constituted to examine the revenue record of the said land and how ownership changed in 1955, 1989 and 2017. He said the committee had been asked to submit its report within 10 days.
Yogi said the land belonging to tribals was transferred in 1955 to the trust of the then Congress MLC. He said the investigation committee would also probe this.
In 1989, the land of the trust was transferred in the name of a family, he said, adding that all this started between 1952-53.
“The main accused is a Samajwadi Party worker and his brother is a BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) leader. All of them have been misusing power. Cases were filed against the poor by misusing power and actions were taken in favour of the then ruling party leaders,” the Chief Minister said.
He said the land mafia would be booked under the NSA. “The district administration has been directed to ensure that people are allowed to cultivate that land on which they have been working in this village.
The Chief Minister announced that within one month, all the villagers would be given government accommodations. He said houses would be provided to members of Scheduled Castes, Adivasis and Mushar caste within a year while toilets, electricity and gas connection, widow pension, Divyang pension would also be provided to eligible people.
He said ration cards would be made available to everyone while a new tehsil and two new development blocks would be created in the district.
The Chief Minister said that families of those killed in the July 17 attack had been paid Rs 18.50 lakh each while Rs 2.50 lakh had been given to each injured person. He also handed over cheques to some of the bereaved families there and inspected the scene of crime.
“The incident was tragic and I wanted to come here after the incident. However, due to cremation of deceased I could not come. The government is fully committed to prevent re-occurrence of this kind of incident,” the Chief Minister said.
On this occasion, Bharatiya Janata Party state president Swatantra Dev Singh, MLC Kedarnath Singh, Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey, Director General of Police OP Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Information and Tourism) Awanish Kumar Awasthi and others were present.