Bhopal: Digvijay writes to PM, CM for execution of 60 year-old announcement

Bhopal: Former chief minister Digvijay Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to give possession of 100 acres of ancestral land to erstwhile rulers of Hiragarh, currently known as Hirapur in Narsinghpur district.

The Congress general secretary, who is on Narmada Parikrama yatra, in his letter stated that the land should be registered in the name of Raja Kaushlendra Singh Judeo, the current scion. The land is still in the possession of Kaushlendra Singh, but the state government considers it “illegal” and has been harassing him over the issue, the letter said.

The senior Congress leader said that Kaushalendra’s ancestor Hirdeshah fought against the British between 1842 and 1857. His fort was burnt down and his properties confiscated by the colonial rulers after Hirdeshah was martyred in 1857, Digvijay mentioned in the letter. He further demanded a memorial to be erected at Hirapur for Raja Hirdeshah Judeo and his name be included in the list of freedom fighters.

Singh in his letter also mentioned that former chief minister Kailash Nath Katju had made an announcement regarding grant of land but it was never executed. During an enquiry, Narsinghpur collector had also found that the land was confiscated by the British. Interestingly, Singh, who served as chief minister of the state for ten years never took up the issue and has now written to PM apprising him about the non-execution of the announcement made by his predecessor.

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