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Rajasthan reclaims land allotted to Vadra

Rajasthan reclaims land allotted to Vadra
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The Rajasthan government has reclaimed around 360 hectare land in Bikaner’s Kolayat region after cancelling mutations (transfer of ownership). Reports suggested that a part of the reclaimed land - around 74.85 hectare - belonged to a company which is owned by Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra.

“We cancelled the mutations as the land was found to be wrongfully allotted to private people,” Kolayat’s subdivisional magistrate (SDM) Rann Singh told mediapersons. He said he did not know whether a part of the land belonged to Vadra’s companies. “Investigations are still on,” the SDM said.

According to reports Vadra’s company, Skylight Hospitality, had bought 74.85 hectare land in Golary, Indo-ka-Bala and Madh villages of Kolayat tehsil in 2010. The company later sold it apparently when the land deals got controversial. According to the Bikaner district administration, the 360 hectare land was illegally allotted in 2006-07 to some villagers, who were wrongfully shown as farmers displaced by the Mahajan Field Firing Range of the Army.

Sources said the farmers, who were actually displaced, had been allotted land between 1992 and 1996. It was detected in 2010, but then Congress government failed to take action. Then Kolayat tehsildar Gajendra Singh Nain had filed 15 FIRs at the Gajner and the Kolayat police stations against 16 farmers and some revenue officials. “We are investigating how the farmers managed to show themselves as displaced people and got the land allotted,” the SDM added.

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