Close on the heels of the forest department discovering that 70 acres of its land in Mohali had been usurped,the Deputy Commissioner (DC) has asked all the government departments which have land in Mohali to crosscheck their land records for possible tampering and fake entries.
Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu,DC,said in a detailed note that the departments should undertake a physical check of the jamabandis,which show these departments as owners of the land. In case of any irregularity,the DC is to be immediately alerted.
The DCs instructions come in the wake of the district revenue officer of Mohali reporting that 70 acres of government forest land in Dera Bassi worth Rs 700 crore had been usurped through a systematic and planned tampering of jamabandis dating back to 1952. Pages showing the state forest department to be in possession of the land have been torn out and pages with the name of a private individual were inserted in the jamabandis to declare him to be owner of the land. Other land records,including khasra girdawri registers,have also been blatantly tampered with.
The area in which the forest land falls is Peer Muchalla where private housing projects abound. The change of ownership was aimed at selling this land further to housing project promoters. The change of ownership has been frozen by the deputy commissioner in the area following the discovery. The DC has also asked the SDM Dera Bassi to get an FIR registered in the matter.
The SDM has also been directed by the DC to get jamabandis of the entire Peer Muchalla village checked by the tehsildar to ensure that similar fraud has not been carried out with other pieces of land.