The central government of India has begun the first round of auction of the many lands and houses in the country which it considers ‘enemy property’.
During the partition of the subcontinent or the wars of Pakistan during the wars of 65 and 71, the Indian government seized properties and declared it as ‘property of the enemy’.
According to a source in the Ministry of Interior, the list of disputed properties would first be prepared and auctioned in West Bengal.
Three years ago, a legally amended amendment to the Indian Parliament reduced the heritage rights to these hostile properties.
The source said if this ‘test plan’ succeeds, the same will be repeated in other states.
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According to Indian Interior Ministry data, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of properties in the country, followed by West Bengal with the highest number of 2735.
Under the new rules, if the government seizes any enemy property, its claimants will have only two months to appeal and it will be filed directly in the High Court.
Constitution expert Darshan Matra told the media reporters that India’s law has made it very difficult to retrieve any such property.
According to Muhammad Saleem Engineer, vice president of the Muslim Organization Jamiat Ulema Hind, “Many people left the country during the liberation or war, but the relatives or heirs of many people settled on their abandoned lands.”
“But by changing the law, the government wants to target a specific community – Muslims, and the administration wants to destroy their legal property,” Muhammad Saleem added.
Home Minister Amit Shah had also constituted a panel last month to auction several thousand properties across the country and West Bengal has been selected for the first phase of the project.