The Pratapgarh administration on Monday provided an alternative plot of land to the children who were allegedly ostracised by villagers after the death of their parents reportedly due to AIDS in Jamua village of the district.
The decision came in the wake of a dispute arising on the plot of land,measuring around 1.5 biswa,which was given to them by the administration last Friday.
On Sunday,the property was found to be disputed with one party claiming that they had a stay order from the civil court regarding possession of the plot. Another party alleged that their plot of land was adjacent to the one given to the children and there should be proper measurement so that their land is not encroached upon.
Pratapgarh District Magistrate Vidya Bhushan had summoned both parties on Sunday and,subsequently,directed the Tehsildar (Sadar) to find an alternative plot that was free from disputes.
A plot of land near the primary school of the village has been given to the children on lease. It will now be recorded under their name. The plot is of their choice, said Bhushan.
Earlier,a zila panchayat member had claimed that the plot given to the children belonged to his sister-in-law,who was a resident of the same village. Later,he offered to give away the land to the children.
Yesterday,this party was vocal in claiming that the land belonged to his relative and that he had a stay from a civil court. Later,he got ready to offer them to children. We thought it would not be proper to give a disputed land to the children,as later they could have faced problems. Therefore,an alternative,dispute-free plot was found, said Bhushan.
The five children,four minor boys and a minor girl,had lived in a makeshift tent near a graveyard for about a month after their mother died in June. The childrens father had died more than five years ago. The villagers claimed that they had died due to AIDS,following which the children were fearful of contracting the disease. Consequently,they were living outside the village.
The district administration had intervened on Friday,making several promises to the children,which included giving a plot of land. Currently,the children are living in the house of their grandmother.