Two revenue officers are charged with misusing their powers to grab land worth crores of rupees, and the police are looking into the case.
Complainant Sukhpreet Kaur of the Siriewala village of this district has claimed that his father-in law, Jwala Singh, brought the land from brothers Dharam Singh and Karam Singh, sons of Santa Singh of Sirewala, around 1960 and transferred it to successors. "Records of the revenue department are witness of these proceedings," he has stated.
On December 30, 2006, the woman said she had decided to sell some portion of the land. "Two patwaris of the revenue department in Bathinda posed as property dealers and paid my an advance of Rs 10 lakh, promising to paid the rest in June, 2007," said Sukhpreet Kaur. "The prices of the land decreased in the meantime and they changed their mind about the deal."
The officers had then pressurised her to return the advance money of Rs 10 lakh, said the woman, adding that they had also tampered with the revenue record to cheat her of the property. "The wife of Santa Singh had two children from her second marriage, and in the records of Sirewala village, they had no right over the property," said Sukhpreet Kaur. "The patwaris prepared fake documents to show property in the name of the two children of Santa Singh, and sold a 4-acre plot to one Gurbachan Singh of Mansa for Rs 27 lakh on the basis of bogus papers."
"I have all the proofs but the police is not acting on these," said the woman. The superintendent of police (detectives), Amarjit Singh, has been investigating the matter for past few months. He could not be reached on telephone, even after repeated attempts to contact him.