Resident of Laxmanpuri locality in Lucknows Indira Nagar have accused a Samajwadi Party MP of grabbing colonys park by constructing a boundary wall Thursday night.
Kaiserganj MP Brijbhushan Sharan Singh says the 9,000 sq ft park is his private property since 1992.
Residents said the land of the park is worth crores. They also complained that they were facing water crisis as the park has a tubewell,which has now become inaccessible.
After residents staged a protest against the MP and blocked the Lucknow-Faridabad Road Sunday,policemen have been deployed to guard the park.
The Laxmanpuri Jan Kalyan Samiti,formed by the colony members,alleged that the plot was left vacant by the United Officials Housing Cooperative Society Limited,which developed the colony,for the use of residents.
Samiti president SVS Baghel said the residents had laid a submersible pump in the park in 1994 for water supply.
He said the MPs men constructed the boundary wall around the park Thursday night and water supply from the pump stopped since. Baghel said residents are now getting water from the tankers of Lucknow Municipal Corporation.
In 2008 also,residents alleged,Singh had chased away the operator of the tubewell in order to take control of the plot. The residents had then lodged a complaint against the MP at Ghazipur police station. Later,the MP went to court demanding the possession of the land but his case was rejected in 2010, said R K Singh,a resident of the colony.
The MP,however,said the FIR was lodged during the BSP government and was closed after the allegations were found baseless.
Baghel said the MP is occupying the plot with the help of a bogus registry document which has been rejected by a Lucknow civil court in a case lodged by the MP himself in 2010.
The MP,however,denied that the court had rejected his registry. He said he had gone to court seeking protection against grabbing of his land and withdrew the case.
The residents said the society,which developed the colony,had left two plots vacant one for a temple and another for a park. According to them,the MP has already occupied the temple.
The MP said he had bought the plot from the society in 1992 and the sale was registered in the office of Sub Registrar,Bombay. He said he had allowed the residents to install the tubewell on his plot after they had requested so.
He also said he had only renovated the temple and it was open to public.