Thursday, May 30, 2019

Threat on heritage of Ma Ahilya bai in Varanasi, India

The land mafia with the help of the local police and few trustee of Khasgi Trust of Ma Ahilyabai, Indore are continuously giving threat to the people living in rent house at D/18/16, Holkar Vada, situated at Ma Ahilaya Bai ghat from generation. They want to vacate this place and open hotel there. Due to which the heritage of Ahilyabai[i] is in danger.  There is rare and ancient temple of Ganga in the Holkar vada. This building is protected under the Ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains Act, 1958. Before the merger of the Holkar estate in India many sevak, bhakt, anuwayi (followers) and tenant live in the vada (heritage Place) and paid the rent. The land mafia and police are not creating pressure on the tenant but land mafias are misbehaving with the women. The tenants deposit their rent in the Varanasi court.

Pooja Singh, the tenant informed, “My father is lawyer, even in court premise the land mafias are putting pressure on my father to vacate the house. Due to which my father is in mental pressure he says either I will stop going to court or coming back to house. You all take care of yourself. We are so poor that immediately we cannot rent house for our stay. On 17th April 2019 two policemen came to my house and ask my father name and all people living in my house. Police give threat that of we are not going to vacate the house than they will lodge FIR against us. Due to the fear my father said we would leave the house in two days. Within two days again policemen came and start pressure with vacate room in two hours.  Every time police come with the paper but it never show to us. Police called my father in the police station to show the paper. But before showing the paper police made pressure on my father to vacate the house. Police said you are simple person and even we are getting pressure from above.”

On 19thApril 2019, the residents of the Maharani Ahilyabai Smriti Sanrakshan Samiti organized press conference and reveled the name land mafia Vishal alias Monu Khanna, Ramesh Upadhyay, NirajJha and also appealed people for providing help and support.

In 2017 another tenant Ms. Uma Singh wrote letter to all 
concerned authorities and appealed that no further action or investigation was 
taken by the police in the crime no. 0167/2017 under section 452, 354, 504 and 506 of 
Indian Penal code.   
In the incidence happened with her on 14th October, 2017 the land 
mafia entered in the house and misbehaved and give threat to rape and kill. 


Background information: 
Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar was the Holkar Queen of the Maratha Malwa kingdom, IndiaRajmata Ahilyabai was born in the village of Chondi in JamkhedAhmednagar, Maharashtra. She moved the capital to Maheshwar south of Indore on the Narmada River.  She used personal fund in charitable works to build a number of temples and spiritual residences throughout the city of Varanasi such as Varanasi – KashiVishwanath Temple (1780), ShriTarakeshwar, ShriGangaji, AhilyaDwarkeshwar, Gautameshwar, Many Shiva  Temples; Ghats including Manikarnika GhatDashashwamedh Ghat, JananaGhat, AhilyaGhat, ShitalaGhat; Uttar Kashi Dharmashala, Rameshwar Panchkoshi Dharmashala, KapilaDhara Dharmashala, In 1778-1785 the ghat was extended and was completely re-built by the patronage of queen Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of Madhya Pradesh. In honour and memory the ghat is named after her. 

The Khasgi trust is taking care of all properties across India built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar.  The extension of the trust was done on the order of the court on 27th June 1962 and governor of the Madhya Pradesh is patron of the trust. Now Ms. Anandi Ben is honorable Governor of the Madhya Pradesh state. The president and settler is Usha Raje of Ahilyabai dynasty and given below person are member

·        Sumitra Mahajan, member of Parliament
·        A.K Chitale, senior Advocate
·        Yashvant Rao son of Richard alias Shivgi Rao Holkar
·        Ranjeet Malhotra son of Satish Malhotra

The district collector is the nominee of the state Government.  It is noted that Trustee Shri Satish Malhotra is husband of President Ms. Usha Raje. In the point 8 of the order “The religious properties comprised in the Khasgi endowment shall never be sold.”  But in Point 9 it is written that if there is pressing need of selling or leasing any part of the Khasgi endowment which is not used and which is not capable of being used for the religious purpose it may be sold or leased by a unanimous resolution of the trustee.

The trust did not followed the order of the court and make deal of 
Kushawarth Ghat in Haridwar built by Ahilya Bai Holkar with land Mafia.
 This matter lasted for a long time. The trustee of Khasgi Trust and Member of 
Parliament  from Indore Ms. Sumitra Mahajan wrote letter to Chief Minister of Madhya 
Pradesh on 18th April, 2012 and made guilty to Satish Malhotra. Many 
communications was made in this regards. After seven years on 9th April, 2019 
FIR (under section 120 B, 420, 467 and 471) was registered against Satish 
Malhotra in Haridwar Kotwali Thana, Uttarkhand on the order of the 
district court, Haridwar.  

It is stated that in 2007 Satish Malhotra taking the benefits of the 
one resolution started illegally sell the properties made 
by Ahilyabai Holkar. 

News published in Hindi Media Vigil:

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The Prime Minister
Prime minister of India,
Prime minister office,
New Delhi - 110101 - INDIA
Fax no. - +91 11 - 23016857, 23019545.

The Minister
Minister of Culture,
Room No. 501,'C' Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
New Delhi-110015

The Chief Minister
Chief Minister's Secretariat
Lucknow Uttar Pradesh - INDIA
Fax: + 91 522 223 0002 / 223 9234

District Magistrate
Varanasi - Uttar Pradesh - 221002. India.

Commissioner of Varanasi
Varanasi region
Varanasi - Uttar Pradesh - 221002. India

The Secretary
Varanasi Development Authority
Raja Udai Pratap Marg, Panna Lal Park, Varanasi

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