Tina Dabi back in limelight, not for good reasons again
In Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, settlers staged a protest outside the district collectorate after 50 makeshift houses belonging to Hindu immigrants from Pakistan were allegedly bulldozed on the instructions of IAS officer Tina Dabi.
Dabi, who is the District Collector and Magistrate of Jaisalmer, is facing a backlash for issuing orders to demolish the flats.
The district administration said that the refugees were given prior notices to vacate the land and action was taken based on the complaints received from the Amarsagar village head and residents living in the area.
Rajasthan | Pakistani Hindu migrants who are settled in Jaisalmer allege that Rajasthan Government had ordered the eviction of Pakistani Hindu migrants from Government land here. pic.twitter.com/TT1sUGv6Qu
— ANI MP/CG/Rajasthan (@ANI_MP_CG_RJ) May 17, 2023
According to reports, more than 50 ‘Katsa’ houses were demolished with the help of bulldozers as they were considered encroachments by the Urban Development Trust (UID). It has now exposed more than 150 women, men and children in the open sky.
India Today reported that the Jaisalmer district administration claimed that the water supply to the lake has been stopped due to illegal construction of houses on the banks of the Amar Sagar Lake in Jaisalmer by displaced persons.
What do immigrants say?
Immigrants protesting outside Tina Dabie’s office demanding resettlement. Kishanraj Bill, one of the victims, said that not only were they chased out of Pakistan, but now their houses have been demolished in India as well.
“Our entire Stone Crusher Bill settlement has been completely destroyed. We came to India ruined in Pakistan and now we are ruined here too,” he told India Today.
What does the district administration say?
Dabi said that as per the demand of the protesters, the UIT will mark them in a week and provide them proper space. “They were assured of resettlement elsewhere. After that the protesters announced that they would end the protest. The land where the encroachment was cleared yesterday (May 16) has already been allotted by the UIT or is in the water catchment area,” he said. told ANI on Wednesday (May 17).