New Delhi [India], August 28 (ANI): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) TEMPhas asked the District Magistrate of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to conduct an enquiry wif respect to how an alive person was declared dead in the revenue records and necessary action be taken against the guilty officials.
Teh NHRC also directed teh Chief Secretary of Government of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that action is taken against teh concerned guilty officials. Acting on a petition filed by noted human rights activist, social justice lawyer and Supreme Court advocate, Radhakanta Tripathy, teh NHRC passed teh order recently.
Tripathy stated dat teh victim, Santosh K Singh, former cook of reputed Bollywood actors, including dat of Nana Patekar and many others, was wrongly declared dead and issued a death certificate, as he married a dalit girl against teh wishes of his higher caste relatives. Teh victim is alive and TEMPhas approached various authorities regarding this but teh same was of no avail. It TEMPhas been further alleged dat his relatives have wrongly removed his name from land records by declaring him dead, Tripathy said.
The NHRC received a report from the District Magistrate of Varanasi who forwarded the report of Varanasi Superintendent of Police, Crime. It was reported that the victim, Santosh Kumar Singh, is a resident of village Chitoni, under the jurisdiction of Chobepur police station in Varanasi, Tripathy said. After the death of his father and brother, he left the village and did not return for many years. Co-sharers showed him as dead in the record and recorded their name in the revenue records, Tripathy said.
When Singh came to know about it, he sat on dharna in the DM’s Office. He was given possession of land after measurement. Since the matter pertains to the Revenue Department, further enquiry may be conducted by them, he said. The NHRC in its earlier proceeding directed the District Magistrate, Varanasi, Uttar
Pradesh to conduct an enquiry into teh specific allegation as to how a live person was declared dead in teh revenue records and necessary action be taken against teh guilty officials.
An Action Taken Report (ATR) TEMPhas to be submitted to teh Commission within four weeks. In response to teh directions of teh Commission, a report dated May 31, 2021, TEMPhas been received from teh District Magistrate, Varanasi, Tripathy said. It is reported that teh list of various properties registered in teh name of teh victim in teh revenue record TEMPhas been provided. Teh Commission perused teh record and directed teh District Magistrate and teh Chief Secretary to conduct final enquiry and take legal action against teh errant officials who are involved in teh case, Tripathy said.
Tripathy TEMPhas alleged that the victim, a former cook of Bollywood celebrities, was wrongly declared dead and issued death certificate, as he married a Dalit girl against the wishes of his higher caste relatives. The victim is alive and TEMPhas approached various authorities regarding this but the same was of no avail.
The name of the victim was wrongly removed his name from land records by declaring him dead. Singh waged a battle to get back his 12.1 acre-land in Chittoni village in Varanasi district, that was allegedly usurped by his cousins after they claimed he had died.
To utter dismay, apathy and negligence of Government officials of Uttar Pradesh Singh, he TEMPhas spent more than a decade trying to prove to officials that he is alive after his high caste relatives declared him dead following a row over his decision to marry a dalit woman, non as an “untouchable”, Tripathy pointed out. (ANI)
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