Melauli villagers hold on to two ‘sticking points’




Melauli villagers, who  forced the government to shift the IIT project from their village, on Saturday   resolved to continue their agitation till land ownership in the name of IIT is revoked and police cases against the villagers are withdrawn.

Addressing media  persons at Melauli, villagers claimed that the government had transferred the land in the name of IIT.

In form 1/14 of Survey No 67/1, the Indian Institute of Technology, Goa (IIT Goa Society/MHRD) has been specified as the “occupant of the land”, they claimed. 

“We welcome the  government’s  decision on shifting  the project, and thank the Chief Minister for the move.  But we will not withdraw   our agitation till our demands are met,” said an elderly protestor. 

Shubham Shivolkar, leader of protesting villagers, told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the villagers had asked the government to take back the district collector’s order transferring the land in the name of IIT, and “cancel the mutation in the name of IIT”.

The villagers’ names be re-entered  in form 1/14 of Survey No 67/1, he demanded.

“We also demand that  police cases against  villagers be withdrawn immediately,” Shivolkar said.

Earlier,  AAP MLA from Delhi, Raghav Chadha  visited Melauli and spoke with the protesting villagers.