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Octogenarian quits NRI Sabha to fight 'land grab' case on own

punjab Updated: Jun 23, 2012 22:02 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla

Dissatisfied with the alleged inaction of authorities in helping his cause, an 82-year-old Canada-based NRI has quit the Punjab NRI Sabha. Brampton-based NRI Gurbaksh Singh Sahota said that since he had not got any help in fighting an alleged land grab case for the last two decades, he had surrendered his membership card of the Sabha.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Sahota rued that he was forced to spend most time in India to get his land freed from Amarjeet Singh, owner of adjoining land in Hoshiarpur who had allegedly illegally grabbed 12 marlas of his land in 1991 after removing the fencing.

"Since then, I have been moving from pillar to post, but to no avail. Nobody even bothered to call me to record my statements," he said, adding that, "It seems that all the claims of the state government of being wellwishers of NRIs is a pack of lies."

"Nobody took care of my case. I cannot stay here in India for the whole year and fight with the system. I used to spend nearly six to seven months every year in India to struggle against the corrupt system in this country," he rued.

"In June 2009, I submitted a complaint to NRI police station incharge in Hoshiarpur when these special units were set up to deal with cases of NRIs. In December 2009, I submitted my grievances to Punjab State Human Rights Commission, but for me nothing has changed," Sahota added.

"I have even submitted my complaint to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, and also talked with minister for NRI affairs Surjit Singh Rakhra telephonically, but got nothing except assurances. It appears that in India, only might is right," the NRI remarked.

In March 2012, I approached NRI Sabha president for help, but did not get any relief. Due to inaction of the NRI Sabha to protect my legal rights, I have now decided to quit the Sabha," said Sahota.

When contacted, Amarjeet Singh maintained that whatever he had done so was under the provisions of law. "We both are engaged in several legal disputes. Some cases have been settled in my favour and some in his favour; in some cases, the court has ordered status quo also. So it is not an issued related to sympathy. Whatever is decided by the judiciary will have to be accepted by everybody," he said.

Meanwhile, NRI Sabha chairman SR Ladhar said that Sahota never met him. "If his case is genuine, he should contact me in person with all relevant documents and I will certainly do the needful to assure justice to him," he added.