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Biggies pull strings, but LDA carries on

EVICTING THE politically connected mafiosi and their lackeys from the Nehru Enclave colony would be a litmus test for the LDA. So even as the anti-social elements were served a last minute warning to get out on with the help of a public address system, LDA Vice Chairman BB Singh reiterated that the colony would be purged of all illegal occupants, come what may.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 00:18 IST

EVICTING THE politically connected mafiosi and their lackeys from the Nehru Enclave colony would be a litmus test for the LDA.

So even as the anti-social elements were served a last minute warning to get out on with the help of a public address system, LDA Vice Chairman BB Singh reiterated that the colony would be purged of all illegal occupants, come what may.

On Thursday, the LDA VC too wrote a letter to both District Magistrate RN Tripathi and SSP Ashutosh Pandey seeking necessary administrative and police help from them to flush-out unauthorized lodgers from their ‘den.’ The public announcement, meanwhile, has galvanised some of these criminals, who wield considerable political clout, to use their ‘connections’ to avoid being ejected from their respective hideouts.

“Phone calls from their powerful mentors, some of whom are from the ruling party, have started coming in. While some are seeking more time, the tone and tenor of quite a few others is intimidating. The message is clear: Don’t mess with my men or else you will pay the price,” said an official requesting anonymity. And this also applies to some of LDA’s own staff, which has ensconced themselves in these apartments along with their own battery of minions by just depositing 10 per cent of the total cost of the property. “They are also trying to pressure us into disregarding their respective cronies, who are holed up in these flats during the eviction drive,” he added.

The LDA VC, however, made it clear that they (department’s staff) too would not be spared if they failed to pay up the amount they owed to the LDA against their property. Meanwhile, a flurry of activity was witnessed in some flats in the ‘Premayan’ block when this correspondent visited the colony. People were seen packing their belongings and shifting them to their acquaintances place in the vicinity. When contacted executive engineer YK Jain said that repeated announcements were being made with the help of a loudspeaker in the colony asking the unauthorized lodgers to vacate their premises by Friday or else they would be ejected forcibly without any further warning.

The LDA officials spent the mulling through the property record to identify the number of illegal occupants in each of the four blocks in the colony. A close scrutiny of the record has revealed a total number of 263 unauthorised dwellers (see box). This includes 37 illegal occupants in ‘Rupayan’, 31 in ‘Vatayan’ 130 in ‘Pushpayan’ and 65 in ‘Premayan.’