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Kapil Dave | TNN | Gandhinagar | Jun 25, 2016:: Gujarat minister of state (home) Rajnikant Patel said on Friday that the state government will take action against people acquiring property illegally in localities declared to be under the Disturbed Areas Act-1991.
He was speaking in the context of the clashes that took place in Shah-e-Alam locality on Wednesday night over a property falling in a restricted area. A Muslim builders group had allegedly acquired a bungalow using a dummy Hindu buyer in a society inhabited by Hindus. The minister said a probe had been ordered in the Shah-e-Alam incident.
“The Disturbed Areas Act is already in force in these areas and any sale or purchase of property here is not allowed,” Patel said. The minister went on to say: “We will not allow Kairana-like forced eviction of Hindus in Ahmedabad or anywhere in Gujarat.”
Shah-e-Alam has a mixed population of Hindus and Muslims. On Wednesday night, a local and his son were attacked by a Muslim builder group for opposing alleged acquisition of a bungalow in a restricted area.
Sale of properties in localities with mixed Hindu-Muslim population is forbidden under the Disturbed Areas Act-1991 not only in Ahmedabad but also in Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and several other places in the state. Despite the law, sale of properties in these restricted areas is rampant.
Ahmedabad Mirror | Ahmedabad | June 24, 2016:: Property dispute took a communal hue in Shah-e-Alam on Thursday after a group clash left two men injured. Members of Shri Dahyabhai Park on Kankaria Road took objection to the sale of a bungalow, claiming that Muslim builders were trying to buy it under false pretext. They clashed with men who had arrived at the plot to put up a no-trespassing board, and two residents ended up with serious injuries. While a police complaint was filed in this regard, the locality, which has a mixed population, remained tense as Vishwa Hindu Parishad announced its support for the society members.
Police bandobast was imposed in the area. Society secretary Prakash Shah and his son Ketan were the ones who sustained injuries. Shah, 50, filed a complaint against Aslam Khan, a resident of Parikshitanagar in Shah-e-Alam, and two others with the Kagdapith police. Aslam has been arrested. Police said, “The society’s bungalow no 1 belonged to Vishal Mehta that he sold off to Manu Dabhi recently. On Wednesday night, Aslam and two others arrived at the society to put up a no-trespassing board outside the property. Residents protested against this. Aslam got angry and attacked them, injuring Ketan and Prakash.”
Protesting the attack, the society put up huge photographs of the injured men at its gate and held a protest, shouting slogans like ‘Bhajap ni sarkar maan Hinduo upar julam’, and ‘Hinduo jaago, aaj amari kaal tamari che’ (Repression on Hindus while BJP in Govt; We are in distress today, you will be in peril tomorrow) among others. Society chairman Shailesh Goswami alleged, “There used to be a school in the nearby plot. Builder Sharif Khan bought it. To expand his project, he has been eying bungalow no 1.” Shah said, “Due to the existence of The Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act (1986), Khan has been unable to buy the property as he belongs to another community.
So, he bought the property from Mehta in the name of his employee Manu Dabhi.” It should be noted that neither Goswami nor Shah has mentioned this in the police complaint. Meanwhile, Sharif Khan claimed that the society members were levying baseless allegations against him. He said, “Dabhi works for me. He asked for money to buy a house in 2010 and I extended him that help.” He added that his group did not buy the school. “Someone else bought it and I have no connection with them,” he clarified. Khan alleged that society members were giving a communal twist to a property dispute. Vishal Mehta, who originally owned the bungalow, said it was his ancestral property.
“I have the right to sell it to whomsoever I want. I sold it to Dabhi legally but the society is refusing to transfer ownership claiming that I have to clear some dues.” Dabhi was not available for comment. Inspector S M Desai told Mirror, “We have registered a complaint of assault and have arrested one accused. We have found no communal angle. It is a property fight. The collectorate and civic body must look into the matter.” Meanwhile, VHP spokesperson Jay Shah said that if our community members are threatened we will stand with them. “Our activists are there to protect members of this society and we will extend all legal support necessary,” he said.
Builder Khan bought nearby plot. To expand his project, he has been eying bungalow no 1. He has been unable to buy the property as he belongs to another community. So, he bought the property from Mehta in the name of his employee Manu Dabhi
— PRAKASH SHAH, Society secretary
I gave money to my employee Dabhi when he sought my help to buy a house. Someone else bought the school land and I have no connection with them. Society members are giving a communal twist to a property dispute
—SHARIF KHAN, Builder
Courtesy: TOI & AM.