THE RESIDENTS of Sai Baba Nagar and Prajapat Nagar jointly submitted a memorandum to the district administration here on Saturday demanding action against the colonisers for colonising 85 acres of land valued at Rs 92 crore (current price) belonging to the Usha Raje Trust (now the Ahilyabai Holkar Education Trust).
During the last 25 years, the colonisers neither went in for land diversion nor for registration of about 1,050 plots where approximately 15,000 people reside presently.
The colonisers also charged development fee without taking permission from the Trust. The land allocated for road, garden, school and community hall have also been sold off as plots.
According to the memorandum, coloniser Om Prakash Agrawal formed the Hotel Vyavsayi Grah Nirman Sahkari Sanstha and sold off plots on 19 acres land at Sirpur village (Indore tehsil). This area was named Sai Baba Nagar.
Another coloniser (late) Banshi Naga formed the Prajapat Grah Nirman Sahkari Sanstha and colonised 66 acres land.
In 1993, the housing co-operative society was dissolved and cooperative department inspector S K Ojha, who was made in-charge, continued selling off the plots, it was alleged. A large number of purchasers have not yet got possession of the plots.
The matter came to light when resident-advocate Shraddhanand Mishra began building a house on his plots located at Prajapat Nagar, when Agrawal told him to stop construction as the land belonged to him.
Mishra slapped a civil suit against him. At the court, however, he failed to produce proprietary evidence. When Mishra searched for records at the collectorate, he was told that the land belonged to the Trust.
The residents of these two localities have constituted the Sanyukt Seva Samiti to fight for their rights. They have demanded the appointment of an administrator who can hold talks with the Trust and help them to obtain proprietary rights over their plots.
They have also demanded removal of encroachments from public places. “Agrawal treats plot holders like animals whenever we approach him with our problem.
He is sheltered by some very influential people and has engaged musclemen to terrorise people,” Mishra told Hindustan Times.
Area corporator Lokendra Rathore and Samiti president Shraddhanand Mishra, who called on district collector Vivek Aggarwal, were assured of appropriate action in this regard.