There was more trouble in store for the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), which is headed by the son of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Hamipur MP Anurag Thakur, after the police filed a case under Section 447 of the Indian Penal Code (criminal trespass).
Giving details, Kangra police chief Balbir Thakur said during its investigation, the state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau found the cricketing body had encroached upon government land.
“The land in question, measuring about 2,000 square meters, belongs to the state education department and is located near the Dharamsala cricket stadium,” he stated, adding a wall facing a college had been erected on the land.
Thakur said revenue documents retrieved by the police revealed the land in question was in addition to that leased out to the HPCA. “Hence the case falls within the district police’s jurisdiction. It’s a separate case of land encroachment and is not linked with the vigilance bureau inquiry. As the matter doesn’t fall within its jurisdiction, the agency had written to us in February this year to probe the matter and take further action”, he added.
Thakur said further investigations in the case will be conducted by the Dharamsala police station house officer under the supervision of the district police top brass.
ACTION POLITICALLY MOTIVATED: DHUMAL
Meanwhile, Dhumal alleged that the action taken by the state government against the HPCA was “politically motivated”. Dhumal claimed, “The HPCA has created the international stadium by its own efforts, bringing the state’s name to the attention of the world and encouraging self- employment for hundreds of locals in the tourism industry.”
Ter ming chief minister Virbhadra Singh “reluctant” towards development of sports in the state, Dhumal accused him of doing nothing to help in the promotion of sports.
‘GOVT TO BLAME FOR HP MISSING OUT ON IPL’
The HPCA blamed that “certain leaders and powers in the government against the association” for the state missing out on hosting Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches.