CB books revenue officials, brokers in land fraud case

A statement issued by the agency said a complaint was received which revealed that some land brokers in league with revenue officials have sold possession of the state/kahcharai land to different beneficiaries and as on date different colonies have been developed on the said land.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 14 2018 1:42AM | Updated Date: Sep 14 2018 1:42AM
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The Crime Branch has booked revenue officials and land brokers for illegally selling off 141 kanals of state/kahcharai land around 141 Kanals located at estate Parimpora here.

A statement issued by the agency said a complaint was received which revealed that some land brokers in league with revenue officials have sold possession of the state/kahcharai land to different beneficiaries and as on date different colonies have been developed on the said land.

On receipt of the complaint, a preliminary verification was initiated and during course of enquiry, the allegations leveled in the complaint were prima facie established that land falling under survey No’s 25, 26,207 at Barthana and survey No 57 at  Parimpora was Kahcharai land and  has been illegally encroached upon, while as the land falling under survey No. 41 at Parimpora was state land and has been allotted to various individuals under “Grow more food” scheme. 

The occupants, the statement said, had violated the norms by constructing houses and shops on the land. “It also came to fore that land falling under survey No.25, 26 and 207 at village Barthana, measuring 30, 08, 28, 15, 81, and 12 Kanals respectively is Kahcharai land. There are as many as 184 occupants who have constructed houses, shops, poultry form, plastic melting factory, M/S Indo Kashmir and other structures on the said land,” said the statement. “Besides, some portion of land is under occupation of some non-state subjects.”

“The illegal occupants have been found paying rent on monthly/yearly basis to the accused on different rates such as Rs1,25611 per annum from Indo Kashmir firm, Rs12,000 per month from a non-local resident of West Bengal and Rs 90,000 per month from one Mehraj-u-Din Gazi,” said the statement.

The possession of land encroached upon been transferred without making any proper documentation in order to escape from criminal prosecution, the statement said, adding revenue officials with their willful omission to exercise powers U/S 133 Land Revenue Act in connivance with land brokers has transformed 158 Kanals of Kahcharai land under Khasra Nos. 25, 26, 207 and 57 into well-established colonies.

In addition, land under survey No. 41 at Parimpora was state land measuring 141 Kanals and was allotted to many people under “Grow more food” scheme and is presently under occupation of 141 occupants and has been used for residential and commercial purpose, the statement said, adding the land has also been put to sale, though the government has imposed ban on sale and purchase of such land situated within the municipality limits of Srinagar.

“Accordingly, Case FIR No.40/2018 U/S 420, 409, 447-A, 120-B RPC has been registered against officials of the revenue department and other accused (private persons). Further investigation has been taken up,” said the statement.

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