Residents of Santibastwad village in the outskirts of the city on Monday demanded a probe into the alleged misuse by the Santibastwad Gram Panchayat of land meant for the promotion of education for the villagers.

The panchayat members allegedly planned to convert the land-use to bring up Janata Houses and distribute it to beneficiaries, the residents said.


The residents submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner in this regard. They said a landowner belonging to Waghawadekar family had donated 3 acres and 5 guntas of land in Survey No.61 under village limits with the objective of promoting education in the village.

They said the village, which has a high population of people belonging to the Scheduled Tribe community, had two schools offering education up to SSLC in Kannada, Urdu and Marathi mediums. However, the village did not have a college and students were forced to travel to Belgaum city for further education. The village residents had been demanding that the government start a PU college and technical college in Santibastwad for long.

They said the gram panchayat planned to go ahead with its proposal without convening a gram sabha to obtain consent from the villagers.