Md Shahjada Khan, locally known as Mati Sahjada Khan, an Afghanistani, was deported to Afghanistan on May 17, 2018 long after he settled in Assam, bought land through a whole lot of forgeries, entered into wedlock with a woman from Assam, and had a grown up daughter. When Khan came to know that he would be detected and deported to Afghanistan, he transferred the land to his wife, Jahanara…
GUWAHATI, June 3: Assam’s is a case that may be counted as the rarest among the rare when it comes to the sheer entanglement of the State due to the unbridled flow and settlement of illegal immigrants here. It is here where such aliens can buy land and get it transferred to their Indian spouses too as and when they sense of them being detected and deported. Such people make such a mess of land records that it is very difficult to identify the very category of land they procure. This makes Assam a unique case of sorts in the world for wrong reasons.
Such a case has come to light at Mirza in Kamrup district. Md Shahjada Khan, locally known as Mati Sahjada Khan, an Afghanistani, was deported to Afghanistan on May 17, 2018 long after he settled in Assam, bought land through a whole lot of forgery, entered into wedlock with a woman from Assam, and had a grown up daughter. When Khan came to know that he would be detected and deported to Afghanistan, he transferred the land to his wife, Jahanara.
The million-dollar question now is: how come an illegal immigrant buys land in Assam? What is the furtive machinery they take resort in?
The case of Khan procuring the one katha-16-lessa plot of land in question is interesting. Right from the very category of the land to its six owners who sold it to Khan – all come under the scanner. According to local people, Khan bought the plot of land by entering into a shady deal with a former circle officer and a mandal. Even the role played by the then gaoburha in Khan procuring the plot of land comes under question.
The plot of land (Daag No. 804 and Patta No. 964) in front of Palasbari police station near NH-37 and Palasbari Revenue Circle Office was converted into a miyadi patta land from eksonia land in 1996 in the names of Kalimon, Kala Sheikh, Alodhu, Heera Sheikh, Atikur and Muziruddin. These six persons against whom the land was converted into a miyadi patta land with the payment of a premium amounting to Rs 2 are quite unknown to the local people. In 1999, the land was transferred to Md Shahjada Khan, a foreigner.
What is significant is that all the lands surrounding the plot are government land. This, together with the obscure identities of the six persons against whom the land was converted into a myadi patta land, is a pointer to a conspiracy hatched in connivance with the former circle officer and the mandal to help the foreigner procure the plot.
Since Khan has been declared a foreigner, it is more than certain that all documents produced by him while procuring the land were forged. The plot of land has a three-storey building now.
This is just an example. There have been a whole of allegations in recent times of illegal immigrants having been able to procure, or encroaching upon, government and forest lands in the State.
Is land aplenty is Assam then? Not at all. There are lakhs of landless indigenous people, some affected by erosion by the gobbling rivers in the State, crying for land to live. The situation has come to such a pretty pass that such people have to live on forest lands even after being evicted by the government time and again.
All of this, it will be recalled, had prompted the State government to form a committee for the protection of land rights to indigenous people of the State headed by former Chief Election Commissioner Hari Shankar Brahma.