Staff Correspondent

  • Accuse officials of cheating them on price of land
  • To lock up local office of board in protest, today

    RAICHUR: Eleven farmers from Manvi town have decided to gherao officials of the Manvi branch of the Karnataka Housing Board (KHB) and lock up its office on Thursday in protest against alleged injustice done to them by the board while purchasing their land near Manvi town for establishing a housing colony under its house-for-all scheme.

    The farmers filed complaints on Wednesday with the Superintendent of Police here and the district administration alleging that the KHB had maintained irregularities in the deal for purchase of land from them for its housing scheme, and had also cheated them on the price of the land.

    They have also decided to forward a complaint to the Lokayukta on Thursday against the KHB on the issue.

    One of the farmers, Khaji Syed Shashiuddin Khadri, told presspersons here on Wednesday that last month the Karnataka Housing Board had proposed to purchase about 80 acres of land near Manvi town after fixing a price of between Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 1 lakh an acre.

    The board registered the 80 acres of land at the office of the Sub-Registrar on March 24. Releasing copies of the registration papers to the press, Mr. Khadri said that he and his two brothers had sold about 45 acres of land to the board along with the land belonging to other eight farmers. The board had paid them Rs. 45 lakh.

    He said they were stunned, however, to find out later from a lawyer that the price of their land had been valued at Rs. 5.35 lakh an acre at the time of registration, and the board had also debited a similar price in its account.

    On the other hand, they still had to pay heavy tax on the sale of their land, which exceeded the amount they had received from the board, he said.

    He said that when they had approached officials of the board on the issue, the latter had refused to make any clarifications, claiming that they had already cleared all the payments to the farmers according to their agreement.