Noida: Character certificate of people linked with land mafia will be cancelled, warns DM
A character certificate is issued by the collector’s office and is required for entering into a legal contract.noida Updated: Jun 25, 2017 22:35 IST
Character certificate issued to people who are found to have any link to the land mafia will be cancelled, said district magistrate (DM) BN Singh, who is heading the anti-land mafia task force in Gautam Budh Nagar.
A character certificate is issued by the collector’s office and is required for entering into a legal contract.
One criterion for issuing a character certificate is that the person should not have any case of encroachment of a government property against him or her.
“We will be cancelling the character certificates given to people who are part of the land mafia. In future, anybody who is found to have a connection with land mafia will not be able to get a character certificate,” said Singh. A character certificate is valid for two years, he said.
Recently, the DM had issued letters to the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities, revenue department and police stations to identify the top 10 land mafias in the district.
The government is also going to review arms licence of people who are found to have encroached upon government or private property.
“No new licence will be issued to people who have a link with the land mafia. We will also be cancelling the licence of those found on the wrong side of the law. If we come to know of any licensed weapon being used for an illegal dealing, the licence of the person will be cancelled immediately. We will be sending show-cause notices to the offenders,” Singh said.
The DM has also said that government security provided to such people will be reviewed. “We want to make sure that no government machinery is used for any encroachment. We will withdraw all state facilities of people who are found to be a part of the land mafia,” Singh said.
These initiatives are being taken to reduce notorious middlemen involved in encroachments and to take action against land mafia kingpins, officials said.
All police stations have been directed to identify those responsible for encroachment of government or private properties. The police will also keep a track of ongoing cases against encroachment in their jurisdiction.
The Yogi Adityanath government had promised to set up an anti-land mafia task force in Uttar Pradesh. Officials said that the task force has been constituted to stop land or property grabbing.
The task force is empowered to take action even against those who encroach public land in the name of religion. The task force will be submitting a report on all illegal encroachments and action will be initiated against the perpetrators, officials said.