Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra declared to bring new property damage recovery act. The government will enact the ‘Prevention of Loss of Public and Private Property and Recovery of Damages Act’. Accordingly, the government will form a Tribunal for recovery of damages.
Recovery will be from those who pelt stones and damage the government or private properties. Further, he said it will be formed as per the location of the incident.
MP Govt is bringing 'Prevention of Loss of Public and Private Property and Recovery of Damages Act'. Claim Tribunal will be formed for recovery of damages from those who pelt stones&damage govt/pvt properties. It'll be formed as per location of the incident: MP HM Narottam Mishra pic.twitter.com/VvbZkj38gy
— ANI (@ANI) November 3, 2021
In addition, he said it will have the powers same as mentioned under Land Revenue Code. The cases will resolve within a month. Further appeal of any matter can be done only at the High Court. Also, he gave warning to rioters, stone pelters and those who damage properties. He said they will not be spared.
Moreover, it will comprise a retired DG-level officer, a retired IG-level officer and a retired secretary. Further, the Tribunal will have powers of a Civil Court. Collector will give information to the Tribunal on damages to government properties and the owners themselves will give information on damages to private properties.
Incidents of damage to public and Private property
Earlier this year in the month of January, there were various cases of stone-pelting and damage to properties in Madhya Pradesh. It was during vehicle rallies in Ujjain, Indore and Mandsaur. The VHP and right wing activists took it out. It was to raise awareness ahead of the fundraising drive, by the Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The state of Uttar Pradesh also took steps to prevent damage to properties. In March 2020, the state government promulgated the Uttar Pradesh Recovery of Damages to Public and Private Property Act, 2020. The Uttar Pradesh Legislative assembly passed it on 22 August 2020.
Also, The Supreme Court of India in 2007 stated a need for “strong law” to deal with the damage to property during political protests.
Moreover, The Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 is already there. This act punishes anyone who commits mischief by doing any act in respect of any public property. It provides for imprisonment of up to five years and a fine or both.