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'Land scam case filed to defame Dhumal's sons'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, October 04, 2013
First Published: 18:58 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:02 IST(4/10/2013)

A day after a case was registered against Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur and his brother Arun Singh, the BJP on Friday accused the government of political spite.

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BJP leaders, including state president Satpal Singh Satti, Naina Devi MLA and party general secretary Randhir Sharma, Dehra legislator Ravinder Ravi, Jaswan-Pragpur legislator Bikram Thakur, Nalagarh legislator KL Thakur and spokesperson Ganesh Dutt, termed it as a "conspiracy" against Anurag and Arun.

"The government has registered this case with political vendetta and to defame Anurag and Arun," said the leaders.

Elaborating, they said the land was purchased by Anurag and Arun with the consent of the land owner.

They added that the land was allotted to Premu, owner of the land, following the set norms and registered in 1992. The land was sold in 2008 when the owner had completed 16 years of ownership.

"The land could be sold minimum after 15 years and the land owner had given an affidavit saying that he was not landless," added the BJP leaders.

In Himachal, 35,000 cases of illegal encroachments were pending, said the BJP leaders, adding that the government should tell in how many cases FIRs had been filed.

"The government is targeting only Anurag, while many public representatives are given clean chit in encroachment cases," alleged the BJP.

The BJP leaders accused the Congress government of 'misusing' the government machinery to target leaders and workers of the opposition.

"Law and order situation is worst across the state, while the government is busy in targeting political opponents," added the BJP leaders.

Meanwhile, HPCA spokesperson Sanjay Sharma also accused the state government of unleashing political vendetta in the state and targeting the cricket body and its chief Anurag necessarily.

Sharma said the building of the education department was demolished taking prior permission from the government.

"The government had given permission to demolish the building which was already in shambles," claimed Sharma.

Speaking on the case registered, Sharma said there was no irregularity in purchase of land.

"Premu's family lives in a village near Baijnath and are ready to appear before any investigating agency to affirm that the land was purchased with their consent," said Sharma.


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