Friday, May 9, 2014

PATNAGARH LAND FRAUD: FARMER CONSUMES POISON Friday, 09 May 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

PATNAGARH LAND FRAUD: FARMER CONSUMES POISON
Friday, 09 May 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Upset over lack of support from the district administration in getting land back from a fraudulent company, a villager of Ghumer under Patnagarh block in Balangir district consumed poison in an attempt to commit suicide on Wednesday.
Victim Chhabi Sahu, a farmer, was first admitted in the District Headquarters Hospital, Balangir and subsequently shifted to the VSS Medical College Hospital as his condition worsened.
“We found him lying unconscious in a field and rushed him to Patnagrah hospital first,” said Chhabi’s brother Nabin Sahu.
Nabin said Chhabi was looking upset for a couple of days. He consumed poison to commit suicide as he suffered a lot in losing land and could not get any support in restoring the same from a fraudulent company.
It may be noted here that in 2005-06 several companies, including Taj Gas of Agra, came to Ghumer and convinced villagers to give their land on lease to start dairy farming and other-allied activities. The company with the help of some local teshil officials registered some farmers’ land into its name.
Subsequently, the then district Collector RS Gopalan and the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Northern Division) had ordered for enquiry. And during the enquiry report had established that some teshil officials were involved in the fraudulent land transfer deal. They had also recommended strong action against officials.
Later, the Crime Branch also conducted investigation into the matter and arrested a few people. But the main culprit is still at large.
Samajwadi Party Balangir district president Arun Mishra  has demanded that the main culprit be arrested and the land be restored to
farmers soon.
When asked, district Collector M Muthukumar said the district administration would bear Chhabi’s medical expense and extend other supports to him.
According to the VSS Medical College Hospital sources Chhabi’s condition is stable now.


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