Five rooms of Una Railway Station sealed on Court Orders

Una: An interesting development occurred in Himachal Pradesh when five rooms of the Una railway station was sealed yesterday on court orders over land claim of local people. The order to attach the property of Indian Railway was passed by Mukesh Bansal, Additional District and Session Judge Una.

The order came after the failure of railway authorities to settle the land claims acquired for laying down the track few years back. The land belongs to one Kamla Devi of Takka village, who filed a case in the court against railway for better compensation of her acquired land. However, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on appeal of Railway set aside the lower court orders and when the seal was broken later in the evening, the railway officials took a sigh of relief.

High court vacates lower court’s order to seal Una railway station

Few hours after the district court ordered to seal the Una railway station, Himachal Pradesh high court vacated the attachment order of the district court on Wednesday.

The district court had given the possession of the Una railway station to the farmers, who had been seeking compensation for the land acquired by the railway department years back and sealed the premises, including ticket booking counter and station master’s office.

The high court orders said that the appeal already stands admitted and interest of the claimant is safeguarded by the deposit of the entire amount awarded along with interest before the court. “I see no reason why the execution proceeding should be permitted to continue,” court order read.

The order was passed by a single bench of high court comprising justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, directing the government to ensure no hindrance to trains arriving at the station in the wake of enhanced amount of compensation disposed by the railway.

Today, the farmers reached the district court in Una to get the order of possession of railway station. Since no railway official was present at the station, the court ordered to seal it around 2pm. The district and session judge, Mukesh Bansal, had earlier ordered to seal the Janshatabdi Express Train as railway failed to comply with the court order.

Railway’s advocate AK Lath said railway had submitted the demand draft of compensation amount and asked the court not to seal the station as it would cause inconvenience to the passengers. Operation of around four trains would be halted of station if it was sealed, he added.

Railway had submitted an application in high court in March 2015 for staying the execution proceeding. After the district court orders, the railway had paid the compensation amount of Rs 25.54 lakh and Rs 8.91 lakh to Madan Lal and Mela Ram, whose land had been acquired at Chururu village in Una with the compensation of Rs 5000 to Rs 6000 per kanal.