Taking a serious note of the “injustice” to the family of an ex-serviceman belonging to Dalit community, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has directed the Amritsar administration to ensure that “justice is delivered to the family”.
NCSC chairman Raj Kumar Verka issued the directions after hearing the case of Satnam Singh, a Dalit from Sammowal village, whose late father Santa Singh had served the Indian Army a long time back. In recognition to his courage and valour in the 1962 war with China, the Punjab government had allotted an agriculture land of 10 acres to Santa.
However, after Santa’s death, the families of Dharam Singh and Dalip Singh, both residents of Satnam’s village, allegedly occupied the land in connivance with revenue officials, even after knowing that a land given to an ex-serviceman by the government cannot be transferred to anybody else’s name without the owner’s consent.
After hearing details of the case, Verka ordered deputy commissioner (DC) Ravi Bhagat, who was present during the hearing, to ensure that Satnam gets immediate possession of six kanals and two marlas of the 10 acres that were allotted to his father.
The order was passed after Satnam presented case-related documents and the warrant of possession issued by a local judicial court for the six kanals and two marlas. While hearing the case, the court had ruled in Satnam’s favour.
On the remaining portion of the disputed land, Verka asked the DC to inquire in detail and present a report to him in 15 days.
Verka made it clear, “If the revenue records for the 10 acres showed Santa as the original owner, then efforts must be made to ensure that his son gets possession of the rest of the land as well.”
Amritsar senior superintendent of police (SSP, rural) Jasdeep Singh, who was also present during the hearing, was directed to register cases against those revenue officials who were involved in the illegal transfer of land.
Verka made it clear to the SSP that all those who were “presently” in occupation of the disputed land — sons of Dharam Singh and Dalip Singh — were serving policemen and the matter must be probed.