Signature forged to issue land deeds, says former mayor
Former mayor Jyoti Khandelwal on Wednesday lodged an FIR at the Shastri Nagar police station, alleging that her signature was forged in documents to issue ‘pattas’ (land deeds) in a disputed plot at Gurjar Basti.jaipur Updated: May 25, 2016 23:18 IST
Former mayor Jyoti Khandelwal on Wednesday lodged an FIR at the Shastri Nagar police station, alleging that her signature was forged in documents to issue ‘pattas’ (land deeds) in a disputed plot at Gurjar Basti.
“I had never signed any document relating to issuance of pattas for this plot. But the residents brought it to my notice that in the land deeds approved in 2013, someone has forged my signature. The signature is not mine and this was done to illegally distribute land deeds to the encroachers,” said Khandelwal.
Back in 1976, the disputed plot was declared as open land meant for a park. Now, around 22 families – most of whom are Congress and BJP workers – occupy the plot. Some have even given rooms on rent.
Friction between the rival group of party workers was a known fact among the locals. But it came out in the open after some Congress workers brought to Khandelwal’s notice the ‘fake’ pattas handed to the squatters.
“An order for demolition of encroachments was given by municipal corporation on January 9, 2015 but no action was taken on the pretext that not enough police could be gathered for overseeing the demolition,” Gurjar Basti resident Om Prakash Gurjar said.
When HT visited Gurjar Basti, we found out that many of the encroachers are either Congress or BJP workers.
But many locals living at the place for over 40 years said they have all the documents of the land deed. “This land was allotted to me in 1970 and we have been living since then. If this area was declared as an open land, then why didn’t authorities stop me when I was rebuilding the house after its damage in the 1981 floods? We have no qualms in relocating elsewhere as long as we get compensation and a land in a nearby area,” 82-year-old Mohri Lal said.
Lal produced a certificate to bolster his claim that land was allotted to him in 1970.
Khandelwal alleged that local councillor Tejas Kumar Sharma was hand in glove with the encroachers and had helped them to obtain fake pattas.
But Sharma dismissed the allegations. “I want an investigation as these allegations are false. If someone is occupying a plot illegally, then action should be taken against him.”
The BJP councillor said he was unaware of fake signature on pattas.