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Gwalior's Kargilgate: Martyr's family denied home


Hemender Sharma,CNN-IBN
Nov 28, 2010 at 12:14pm IST

Gwalior: The families of Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers who served the nation and some, who died in the call of duty, have been fighting to recover the land allotted to them for 24 long years. Here's a special report.

Darshna Devi was widowed in 1998. Her husband Chhatar Singh, who was with the BSF, was killed in action in Kashmir. After her husband's death, Darshna Devi applied for a house in the Border Security Force Cooperative Housing Society in Gwalior's Maharajpur area. But she never got it.

"The land was given to civilians," said Darshna Devi

In 1986, then Madhya Pradesh chief minister Motilal Vora allotted 16 acres of prime land to the Society, where 465 houses were built. Applicants alleged more than half were allotted to civilians. An RTI was filed by several ex-servicemen a year ago asking for allotment details, but were denied information.

"The society changed the bylaws as per their convenience and allotted land for house construction to civilians while widows of BSF personnel are still homeless, "said retired commandant of BSF BN Gupta.

The Bharatiya Janta Party government now in the state has promised swift redressal.

"We have taken action against all those who have indulged in fraudulent means in cooperative housing societies. We will take action in this as well," said Cooperative Minister, Madhya Pradesh P Gauri Shanker Bisen

The publicity generated by Mumbai's Adarsh building society scam has given fresh hope to people like Darshana Devi that she'll finally have a home one day.

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