Railway authorities in a fix after Judge issue warrants of attachment of train

Shimla: Railway authorities are in a fix following orders passed by Additional District and Sessions Judge, Una, Mukesh Bansal, to issue warrants of attachment of Una-Delhi-Una Jan Shatabdi train from  pril 16 if Railways failed to pay compensation to two farmers of Dilwan village for acquiring their land.

The orders were passed on April 9 and tomorrow is the last date for paying the compensation but there has been no information here as the matter comes under the purview of Division Manager (north zone) at Ambala.

According to Arun Saini, counsel for Madan Lal and Mela Ram, both residents of Dilwan, the Railways had acquired land in the village for the construction of the Una-Chururu section of Una-Talwara rail line in 1998 and the work is in progress.

He said both the farmers had approached the court in 2011 seeking enhancement of compensation paid to them for acquiring a part of their property.

In 2013, the Una court ordered the Railways to pay  enhanced compensation but instead of making the payment, the Railways appealed to the High Court.

Arun Saini said the court allowed status quo in the matter for six months, after which the application of Railways was dismissed and were directed to make payment to the farmers within 6 weeks through the district courts.  

He said the ADJ ordered the Railways to pay a compensation of Rs 25.54 lakh to Madan Lal and Rs 8.91 lakh to Mela Ram by April 15, failing which the Jan Shatabdi would be attached to the courts for onward ownership of the farmers as their due compensation.   

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