Tamil Nadu: Waqf Board usurps 57 acres of Hindu farmer’s land

Hindu Munnani, a Tamil Nadu-based Hindu organisation, has initiated a protest against the MK Stalin-led DMK government in Tamil Nadu, accusing it of wrongdoing in connivance with the Tamil Nadu Waqf Board, which resulted in the latter claiming ownership of 57 acres of a Hindu farmer’s land near Vellore.

According to TV Rajesh, the Ranipet district president of Hindu Munnani, DMK Minister R Gandhi and the district collector deceptively took away the agricultural lands of Hindu farmers without notice, despite objections from the impacted families.

The incident reportedly occurred recently in the Veppur hamlet in the Arcot Union in Ranipet District, near Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

Hindu Munnani district president TV Rajesh said, “In the 1900s, a land parcel of nearly 57 acres was held by one Wahab and divided among his four wives, who, after his death, mortgaged it to Hindus and failed to pay the amount they took from them. A case related to this was decided in favour of the Hindus in Chengalpet court, and pattas were issued to them. They had been farming there for the last forty or fifty years. This 57-acre parcel of land is now owned by nearly 30 families.”

“Ranipet MLA and Tamil Nadu Minister Gandhi, a District Collector armed with police and revenue officials, descended on the village without following due process of law and issuing notices, only to inform them that the lands are Waqf properties. They have no authority over them,” Rajesh added.

Referring to a video that was first uploaded on social media on January 7, 2023, but recently went viral, Rajesh went on to explain how these poor Hindu farmers implored authorities to reverse their decision, but to no avail.

“In a video, villagers can be seen pleading with authorities and ministers to reconsider their decision. Some even begged the authorities because it is their sole source of income. Some have even questioned the illegal action, stating that they are prepared to submit documents if permitted, and have requested a meeting with authorities. The words and wailing of the helpless Hindus fall on deaf ears. Another minority appeasement measure,” TV Rajesh added.


In the above video, the government official is heard saying, “I don’t know in whose name the lands were till yesterday or the day before yesterday. But today the land is under the control of the Waqf Board. Since it is under Waqf Board, they’ve asked us to survey the land.”

When the people confront the official asking, “Consider the patta has been changed in 3 days. Did you check the names on the patta prior before that?”, the official can be seen evading the question.

“How can the name on the patta change in just a matter of 3 days?”, the people inquired. They also complained that the RDO has been unreachable.

Source : OpIndia

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