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Displaced New Kopre villagers organise 25th protest against BJP MP Sanjay Kakade in Pune

Though Sanjay Kakade had promised new houses for residents of New Kopre while acquiring their land, 15 families are yet get them.

pune Updated: Oct 30, 2017 22:40 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Residents of New Kopre village and Yukrand activists protest against MP Sanjay Kakade for not rehabilitating 15 families after acquiring their land for various government projects including Khadakwasla dam and the National Defence Academy (NDA) in the 1960s.(HT PHOTO)

Villagers of New Kopre, along with Yukrand activists, staged their 25th protest in front of builder and BJP MP Sanjay Kakade’s office at Ghole Road in Shivajinagar, on Monday, demanding houses for 15 displaced families of New Kopre village. Police had to detain some of the protesters during the agitation to prevent any untoward event.

On every Monday, Yukrad activists have been gathering in front of Sanjay Kakade’s office. This Monday, they gathered as part of their 25th protest. Sandeep Barve, secretary of Yukrand said,“Under the leadership of Dr Kumar Saptarshi (president of Yukrand), we have been raising these issues for a long time by protesting in a silent way, but police was not allowing us to continue. Every time we protested, police detained us. Today, they had detained us for the 25th time but we have the constitutional right to protest and we will protest till the displaced families get their houses.”

MP Sanjay Kakade. ( HT PHOTO )

Earlier in September, Kakade was booked in a case of cheating, forgery and breach of trust, along with three others, by the Warje Malwadi police station. The case was registered following an order from a local court on September 12, directing the Warje Malwadi police to probe allegations of land-grabbing made by a resident of Kopre Gavthan village.

Dr Kumar Saptarsh, president of Yukrand said,“Today was the 25th edition of our protest against Kakade. According to the agreement of 2001, in October 2016, Kakade agreed with us to help displaced families find new houses. However, he couldn’t help them.15 families that are now part of the protest approached Yukrand to get 1,000 square feet houses. Kakade manipulated the local leader of Kopre village and started his dream project without consulting the poor people.” He also alleged that they manipulated the rehabilitation list of families.

Sanjay Kakade told the protestors that he has already rehabilitated families displaced by the project. The village land was acquired by the government for the construction of Khadakwasla dam and the National Defence Academy (NDA) in the 1960s, according to the court order. Dilip More, the complainant in the order issued by PT Gotey, judicial magistrate first class, however, claimed that the people were provided a piece of land in Karvenagar area for rehabilitation. A layout of 230 plots spread across 15.45 hectare (38.17 acre) prepared by town planning was given to Kakade’s construction firm for development after he approached the villagers with a proposition.

“Nothing will happen by sitting in front of my office.There is no need to do any stunt. I have already rehabilitated many families who were displaced by the project. This is nothing but a wastage of time. I am not denying rehabilitation to any family but they should at least submit a proof of their residence at the said village. I have no problem in rehabilitating them,” said Kakade.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 22:36 IST