MP: Farmer grooves at collector’s office for a hearing on land dispute

  • Neeraj Santoshi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Harda
  • Updated: Jan 20, 2016 18:30 IST
The farmer seeks attention of the collector by dancing at his office in Harda on Tuesday. (HT photo)

It was ‘Ajab Singh ka gajab dance’ vouch local villagers in MP’s Harda. Farmer Ajab Singh Rajput from Handiya tehsil’s Rijgaon village left everyone surprised on Tuesday when he danced in front of the Harda collector to seek redressal to his grievances.

Singh has a running feud with his brothers over the share of ancestral land for the last few years. For long, the farmer had been visiting the collectorate for an amicable end to this matter but it was of no avail.

On Tuesday, Harda collector Srikant Banot was listening to grievances at the collectorate hall during his weekly public hearing. It was then Singh entered the hall and started dancing, taking Banot and other officials by surprise. The collector and other officials could not but smile at the impromptu act.

The farmer alleged that his name had been removed from ownership documents of nearly 29 acres ancestral land.

“I was so disturbed that I didn’t know what to do but dance. I am being deprived of my ancestral land and nobody is listening to me. We are six brothers and two sisters,” the 45-year old farmer told HT over phone.

Clarifying the episode, the district collector said Harda was a drought-hit district where relief had been provided to almost all the affected farmers barring those who have disputed land.

“The process for granting relief to this farmer can be started only after their dispute comes to an end. When the land is divided, he will get a document - ‘wrin pustika’ – having details of his land holding and other related issues. He has been trying to get the document so that he gets compensation. He is worried that he may not get the relief and that is why he indulged in such a gimmick,” Bannot said.

The collector added that he has instructed the tehsildar to look into the matter and start the process of dividing the land among the brothers so that they could get the relief.

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