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NAB P’GARH LAND FRAUD KINGPIN SOON: SP Monday, 24 February 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR
NAB P’GARH LAND FRAUD KINGPIN SOON: SP
Monday, 24 February 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Samajwadi Party Balangir district president Arun Mishra on Saturday demanded that the main accused in the Patnagarh fraudulent land transfer case occurred in 2006 by some Agra and New Delhi based companies, including the Taj Gases, be arrested soon.
Around 10 private companies had taken around 600 acres of land on three-year lease from farmers belonging to various villages under the block, promising a good amount of rent to them. Some middlemen and teshil officials helped the companies grab these lands fraudulently from the farmers.
On the basis of a report published in The Pioneer in 2007-08, the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Northern Division) ordered for an inquiry. Being confirmed that the company officials, teshil official and middleman were involved in the scam, the RDC also recommended strong action against the accused. Even though a few people were arrested in this connection, key accused Mahesh Tyagi of Taj Gases has not yet been arrested.
In a recent development, a company with the help of some dalals reportedly felled some eucalyptus trees from a piece of land owned by one Somenath Sahu of Gunghutipali village and took away the logs on February 18 last.
“The private companies, which fraudulently took away several acres of land from farmers, are now cutting trees from those land patches. The land should be returned to the farmers and steps be taken to arrest the main accused in the case,” demanded Mishra.