Rampant Land Grab-Eviction Notices to Churches and Mosques in Kalpetta

published on May 24, 2007

Sleepless nights for religious heads

KALPETTA: The decision of the State Government to extend the Munnarmodel eviction in other districts is giving sleepless nights not only to the business tycoons but also to the heads of many religious groups in the district.

The task force on Wednesday issued eviction notices to two churches, St Mary’s Orthodox Church and St Mary’s
Jacobite Church, both at Kuppadi village limits.

In another case, the Sulthan Bathery taluk officials issued eviction notice to the 10 hectares of
land of St Mary’s College, run by the Orthodox Church.

At Sulthan Bathery, a shopping complex constructed in the revenue land by using fake records is under the consideration of the task force but notice is yet to be issued.

Though the church group produced documents for the land in question, on close verification it was found to be fake.

At Mananthavadi taluk, the task force surveyed the land of another church and marked about 13 acres of land as encroached land. Notices were issued to a mosque at Kuzhinilam.

The leaders of both the UDF and the LDF are running from pillar to post to save their vote bank intact.

Eviction notices were issued to the Stream Valley Resorts, Jungle Park Resorts, Greeshmam Resorts (all in Vythiri taluk) and Sahyadri Resort (Mananthavadi taluk).

Notices were also issued to the Kuppamudi estate. Meanwhile, Congress leader M Kamalam denied the allegation that the trust headed by her had encroached revenue land and the
land of KSRTC at Kalpetta.

Addressing a press conference here she said that the 50 cents land on which the building was constructed was given to her by the government.

The task force on Wednesday issued eviction notices to two churches.


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