The Emergence of Land-Mafia in Lakshadweep
07 Aug, 2013 Kochi
The never-ending exploitation and harassment of Scheduled Tribe people of the Lakshadweep Islands by land mafia. The small pieces land belonging to the illiterate Scheduled Tribes, one of the most impoverished and marginalized Scheduled Tribes in India, the people of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep are now being widely grabbed by the land mafia at a fast pace, with the help and connivance of corrupt officials of the Administration and SPORTS.
These land owners are made to believe that their lands are being taken over on leave for being utilized for profitable activities and that higher returns will be paid to them in the coming years. Factually, once the lease agreements are signed by the illiterate land owners, they stand to lose the lands.
The process of taking over their lands on lease is going on very fast in the Lakshadweep Islands. This is not a fabricated tale, but a verifiable fact. It is, therefore, most important and essential for the higher authorities to intervene in this serious matter to safe-guard the interests of the poor islanders. Otherwise, they will be thrown to a situation where they will “between the Devil and Deep Sea”.