Now Border Security Force “ordered” the villagers not to cultivate jute (only cash crop of the locality). BSF is posted well inside the border.

To                                                                                                                                16 May 2017

The Chairman

National Human Rights Commission

Manav Adhikar Bhawan

Block-C, GPO Complex, INA

New Delhi-110023

 

Respected Sir,

 

I want to draw your attention on the continuous torture and harassment by the Border Security Force of Border Outposts No. 1,2,3,4 and 5 under Harudanga BSF Camp of BSF Battalion No. 83. The affected populace is being restricted from their livelihood activities. The affected agrarian gentry residing at several villages namely Uttar Char Majhar Diar, Char Durgapur, Char Harudanga, Char Shibpur, Mahadebpur, Border Para under Raninagar Police Station in Murshidabad District, West Bengal. It was revealed that one Das Saheb; In Charge of the said BSF Camp, restricted the movements and even physically tortured poor villagers of the said villages when they went to cultivate jute in their agrarian lands. It was reported that the said BSF officer passed an ‘order’ that no one can cultivate their land situated within 200 yards of the Outposts under Battalion No 83. The posted BSF personnel at the said Outposts were regularly snatching jute seeds from the villagers whenever they went to sow seeds of jute for cultivation in the pick sowing season.

 

On 05.04.2017 the aggrieved villagers submitted a written signed petition to the Kalinagar-1 Gram Panchayat, Malibari-1 Gram Panchayat and Officer In-Charge of Raninagar Police Station but till date no response has been made and no remedial action has been taken. In their complaints, the affected villagers mentioned that in normal course, while they gather up in front of the Border Outposts to visit their lands, they have to submit their Epic cards to the posted BSF personnel and this mandatory provision is to check the illegal movements. BSF personnel only allowed the villagers to stay at their land from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m; resulting this agrarian gentry facing severe financial loss. The villagers also complained that the BSF personnel helping the smugglers to smuggle out goods against bribe and at the same time meted out physical and mental torture on villagers while they approach the border road to visit their lands.

 

The area has devastating effect of river erosion and lives of the people here are under fear of BSF and total deprivation. People are living in penury without governmental social security facilities. Around 90% of agrarian land under these revenue units located adjacent to the border and they have to cross the fence for cultivation. In these circumstances resisting them from firming is the direct threat to their livelihood. The posted BSF officials are deciding the timings for entry and exit from their own land and they are taking people’s identity as mortgage. The border roads in all practical purposes are being transformed as the property of BSF and the officials are restricting the movement of people over there.

 

The action taken by BSF is not only against the liberty of the people but also violating their right to chose their occupation and right to movement freely which is mentioned in Article 21 and Article 19 of Indian Constitution respectively.

 

In addition, this action is against the Article 6 of International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights that everyone has the right to work; including the right to gain one’s living at work which includes the right of everyone to the opportunity to gain his living by work which he freely chooses or accepts, and will take appropriate steps to safeguard this right.

 

 

In this context, I demand for immediate end of these uncalled-for and unjustified restriction posed by the BSF and civil administration and adequate financial compensation for the citizenry for their loss.

I also demand that BSF should be posted within 150 yards of international border, not in the villages. In villages namely Uttar Char Majhar Diar BSF is posted 5 kms inside territory, in Char Durgapur 3 kms, Char Harudanga 4 kms, Char Shibpur 5 kms, Mahadebpur 5 kms, Border Para 5-6 kms.

 

 

Sincerely Yours

 

(Kirity Roy)

Secretary – MASUM

&

National Convener- PACTI

 

 

Name and land details of the affected

 

SL NO NAME VILLAGE DAG NO KHATIAN NO Name of the MOUJA
1 GIRISH MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 656,653 538,200 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
2 BISWANATH MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 612 1 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
3 MADHUSUDHAN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1102 416 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
4 MADAN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 9 4 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
5 KRISHNA CHANDRA MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1104, 505 1 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
6 DHIREN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 594 353 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
7 NAREN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 594 353 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
8 MOHORLAL MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 2124   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
9 BIMAL MONDL CHAR DURGAPUR 2124   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
10 DIJEN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1073   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
11 BABULAL MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 594 353 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
12 CHOBI MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 594 353 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
13 DHIRAN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 894 701 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
14 RAMPADA MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 594 751 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
15 BISHNUPADA MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 605,704 11041 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR, DAKSHIN CHAR DUMURIA
16 TARUN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1100 294 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
17 BABULAL MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1100 294 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
18 RITEN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1100 294 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
19 DINESH MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 604 913 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
20 RAICHARAN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1099 468 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
21 UJJAL MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1099 468 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
22 ASHOK MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1099 468 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
23 SUJIT MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 600 913 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
24 NAGEN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1100 298 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
25 RAM CHANDRA MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 644 251 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
26 LAKSHMAN CHANDRA MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 644 251 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
27 AMAL CHANDRA MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 644 251 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
28 SANATAN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 644 251 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
29 SUSHANTA MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 644 251 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
30 MADAN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 1104 1 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
31 SRIBAS MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 606   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
32 AMAL MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 639 93 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
33 RANJIT MONDIL CHAR DURGAPUR 2124   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
34 KHAGEN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 606 414 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
35 SUDHAN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 606 414 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
36 NAGEN MONDAL CHAR DURGAPUR 606 414 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
37 KHORSED SK UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR   314 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
38 YAR MOHAMMAD UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 1112 314 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
39 JAN MOHAMMAD UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 1112 314 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
40 SK RAMJAN UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 1112 314 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
41 MUNTAJ SK UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 1112 314 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
42 NAJIMUDDIN SK UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 1112 314 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
43 AYAJUDIN UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 1112 314 PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
44 MAINUDDIN UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 314   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
45 JEKER SK UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 314   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
46 KHALEK SK UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 314   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
47 KHOKA SK UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 314   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR
48 ALAUDDIN MONDAL UTTAR CHAR MAJHARDIAR 314   PASCHIM CHAR MAJHARDIAR

 

 

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