Former DGP ‘behind’ bid to grab land

Over a dozen men,reportedly led by a former DGP of Punjab,on Sunday tried to establish their possession over 150 acres of shamlat land of Saini Majra village falling in the Majri block.

Written by Express News Service | Mohali | Published:May 14, 2012 3:43 am

Over a dozen men,reportedly led by a former DGP of Punjab,on Sunday tried to establish their possession over 150 acres of shamlat land of Saini Majra village falling in the Majri block.

The group of men,some of them in Punjab Police commando uniforms,barricaded the entry to the land and razed to the ground the boundary wall and a small room on the land. The former DGP was on the spot when the entire exercise was carried out,said onlookers.

The police later booked two of these persons — Jodh Singh and Khazaan Singh — on the complaint of one Yudhvir Singh of Gadua village. Khazaan Singh is ex-sarpanch of Lubhangarh village. The FIR (number 64) has been registered under sections 447,511,148,149 of the IPC.

As per sources,several people claim ownership of the shamlat land. The former DGP too stakes claim over the land.

However,villagers said Yudhvir Singh and one Daljit Singh Dogra,a local property dealer,claimed that the land belonged to them.

Dogra had constructed a boundary wall and a room on the land. Almost a month ago,they were told by the DGP’s men that these structures be removed. However,they did not oblige. As a result,more than a dozen men swooped down on the village on Sunday and barricaded the entry to the spot with wild grass. Using machinery,they razed the boundary wall and the other structures to the ground.

The exercise caused a commotion in the village. Several people tried to enter the spot but could not. The police were finally called in.

The sarpanch of the village also met the revenue and panchayat officials in the evening and lodged a complaint regarding the encroachment on the panchayat’s land.

Sources in the revenue department pointed out that this 157-acre land,in illegal occupation of Dogra,was actually shamlat deh and part of the gairmumkin choe. It belonged neither to Dogra nor to the former top cop.

When contacted,Kharar DSP Sukhdev Singh Virk said the land was shamlat deh and its occupation was illegal. However,the complainant had not named any police officer in the grabbing incident,he added.

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