"It was the Congress-led municipal committee, which paved way for the alleged encroachment of MC land worth several crores of rupees in Abohar," Ashok Ahuja, a confidant of SAD leader Shiv Lal Doda who lost to Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar, had claimed.
Ahuja alleged that in 2007, the then EO of local MC, which was ruled by Congress, passed a resolution and subsequently signed an agreement with one Gurdit Singh to exchange land as well as possession on the land of water tanks and later carved out a road on the land in question.
"Had it not been done, nobody could have dared to encroach upon the prime land," he said. Ahuja demanded a thorough probe into the repeated resolutions passed by the Congress-led MC regarding the land in question to allegedly favour a private party.
Congress MLA Sunil Jakhar had, earlier, alleged that prime government property worth several crores of rupees at Abohar was grabbed by land mafia owing 'allegiance' to the ruling regime.
The land in question is located in the heart of Abohar where water 'diggies' (storage tanks) were set up. In June 2012, 1 kanal of this land was allegedly encroached, while a fortnight ago it was found that more than 4 kanals had been encroached.
Repeated attempts to contact Jakhar proved futile, but one of his close aides vehemently denied the allegations and termed it a political stunt.