Sunday, June 11, 2017

Thane villagers oppose Nevali Airport, tonsure head en masse

Hundreds of farmers from Nevali in the district have tonsured their head to protest against the government's move to take over the land, which was tilled by them since years. President of the Jamin Bachao Andolan Samiti Madhur Mhatre told this correspondent that the government has decided to construct an airstrip on the land belonging to the farmers in Nevali village of Kalyan's Malangad region.The construction of compound wall for the airport was started yesterday, which annoyed the villagers and they resorted to en masse tonsure of their heads.In 1942, the land was given to the government temporarily for a few months, but even now the government claims its right over the land. He said the BJP government at the Centre is all out to raze the ryots, who owned the land. To protest against the stand of the government, the peasants tonsured their hair yesterday, he added. During the World War II, the British government took 1670 acre of land from the ryots on an agreement on rent. After Independence, the government carried out amendment in the land records and transferred the land to the Army.
11/06/17 UNI/WebIndia123

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