Ray of hope for man on ‘long­est dharna’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTAR PRADESH - VASISTHA BHARD­WAJ

There’s a ray of hope for school teacher Mas­ter Vi­jay Singh, who has been on dharna for 20 years -- the longestever by a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual in the coun­try, as per the Limca Book of Records.

The cru­sader, who has been de­mand­ing re­lease of 4,000 bighas govern­ment land from the pos­ses­sion of land grab­bers in vil­lage Chau­sana (now in Shamli), on Monday got an as­sur­ance from spe­cial sec­re­tary (rev­enue) JP Sa­gar that nec­es­sary ac­tion would be taken in the case.

It is learnt that Singh has been protest­ing since Fe­bru­ary 26, 1996 against some land grab­bers who had cap­tured gram sabha land in Chau­sana vil­lage (then in Muzaf­far­na­gar district).

Due to the long­est sin­gle-man protest by Mas­ter Vi­jay Singh, his name found men­tion in many books of records. Ac­cord­ing to Singh, his name was in­cluded in the Limca Book of Records in 2011, Asia book of Records (2014), In­dian Book of Records (2013), Unique World of Records (2015) and World Records of In­dia (2015).

Talk­ing to HT, Vi­jay Singh in­formed that af­ter the for­ma­tion of the Sa­ma­jwadi Party govern­ment in UP in 2012, he started a pedes­trian march from Muzaf­far­na­gar to Luc­know and brought the mat­ter to the knowl­edge of chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav on April 28, 2012.

Ac­cord­ing to Singh, the chief min­is­ter had di­rected the then per­sonal sec­re­tary Shambhu Singh Ya­dav to form a probe com­mit­tee to take ac­tion in the mat­ter. Af­ter the chief min­is­ter’s di­rec­tion, the spe­cial sec­re­tary of rev­enue depart­ment, JP Sa­gar had formed a probe com­mit­tee.

How­ever, Singh al­leged that af­ter re­ceiv­ing all the doc­u­ments re­lated to his protest, nei­ther the com­mit­tee mem­bers vis­ited Chau­sana vil­lage for spot ver­i­fi­ca­tion nor they sub­mit­ted any re­port to the state ad­min­is­tra­tion. On Monday, when spe­cial sec­re­tary (rev­enue) JP Sa­gar went to Muzaf­far­na­gar to re­view the depart­ment’s work in the district, Vi­jay Singh nar­rated the en­tire episode re­gard­ing the il­le­gal grab­bing of 4,000 bigha land in Chau­sana and de­manded im­me­di­ate ac­tion. The spe­cial sec­re­tary as­sured him of nec­es­sary ac­tion in the case.

HT PHOTO

Vi­jay Singh (left) with spe­cial sec­re­tary (rev­enue dept) JP Sa­gar.

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