Residents of Abohar in Fazilka district have filed a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana high court in connection with a land scam worth Rs 80 crore in the town, demanding restoration of the land to the government.
Uttam Chand Suneja and others have alleged that the prime government land was grabbed by the land mafia owing allegiance to the ruling SAD-BJP, and the authorities were turning a blind eye to it.
They said the PWD had acquired land for providing a water storage and sedimentation tank vide a notification dated March 6, 1961.
They alleged that entries were made in the revenue record showing gairmumkin diggi (water storage and sedimentation tank), but from 1995-96, there was a manipulation in the record and in place of the gairmumkin diggi, there was the entry for a gairmumkin plot.
They alleged that the accused in connivance with officials of the department concerned started forging the revenue entries. However, the entries in the girdawari remained the same throughout.
They alleged that because of the connivance of the revenue officials, all entries pertaining to the notification were not incorporated properly in the record, so the land mafia encroached upon the land belonging to the municipal council, especially the place acquired for the water storage tank for supplying water to locals.
They alleged that the accused in connivance with the officials had stolen/removed all record pertaining to the notification; so no record of the land acquisition was found either in the office of the municipal council or the land acquisition collector.
The accused, who is influential, bought the land measuring 2 kanals and 16 marlas vide a registered sale deed, and with the help of the revenue authorities got the demarcation report passed, they alleged.
The next date of hearing on the PIL is April 23.
Meanwhile, Abohar MLA Sunil Jakhar said he had taken up the matter with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal in the assembly, but to no avail. Jakhar said that during the Congress rule, they had tried to get the ownership of the land and had filed an appeal in the court, but later, the SAD-BJP government avoided pursuing the case.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Basant Garg, in a letter to the Abohar MC officials, has asked them not to pass any map for construction on the land in question till the case was decided in the high court.