Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Landowners ask Indian Army to vacate land

Staff Reporter

Demanding the Indian Army to vacate Rangapahar Military Station (RMS) Water Supply area, landowners on Saturday staged a peaceful demonstration against the alleged illegal occupation of land outside RMS.
Speaking to the media, one of the landowner K Kakheho Yeptho claimed that they had been in talks with the State government and army authorities since 1966 over the issue, but lamented that no action had been taken and no settlement had been reached till now.
He alleged that the army did not pay any compensation for occupying land in the past 56 years, nor any rent to the landowners.
It may be noted that a No Objection Certificate (NOC), dated April 4, 1995 was submitted by the father of present landowner late Khukihe Sema expressing his willingness to sell land to the Indian Army, after assessment of land by the civil administration, Government of Nagaland. It was later learned that additional deputy commissioner (ADC) sent a letter to Defence Estate Officer, Jorhat Circle, Assam on April 21, 1995, along with the NOC for acquisition of the land.
Subsequently, the ADC had informed the Defence Estate Officer, Jorhat Circle, Assam to compensate the landowner at “lowest bargained rate” of Rs 35 per square feet.
It was however learned that no action or response was initiated by the army.
The landowners claimed that a sale and lease deed was proposed by Dimapur deputy commissioner (DC) on April 8, 2016 to the defence authorities, alleging that a draft was prepared in this regard without consulting them, whereby the rate was fixed as per the rate that prevailed in the 1990s.
The landowners said they had submitted a representation to the DC on July 12, 2017, requesting revision of the rate to Rs 700 per square feet as per the prevailing market rate. Thereafter, a meeting was convened where defence authorities failed to appear. The landowners then submitted another representation to the DC seeking eviction of RMS from the land.
Then, after several meetings between the landowners and civil administration, the rate of the land was renegotiated to Rs 435 per square feet on October 9, 2018 and the same made known to the Defence Estate Officer by the DC.
The landowners however regretted that despite repeated reminders and communication, the district administration and Defence Estate Officer representing the Indian Army had turned deaf ears to their demands, whereby leaving them with no option but to demand vacating the land. They warned that forceful eviction would be initiated in due course of time if their demand was not met.
The landowners also declared that they were no more interested in selling their land, but wanted to take back their land with rent paid by the Indian Army for keeping the land under possession for 56 years.
According to the landowners, approximately 1.98 acres (87,120 square feet) of land was illegally occupied by the Indian Army and used as RMS Water Supply.


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