Deputy commissioner Aninidita Mitra has suspended a patwari for tampering with the revenue records of 40 acres of government land at Saidpur Kalan village of the district.
Bintoo Lal, the patwari in question, allegedly benefited 32 individuals by making forged entries of their names in jamabandi and khasra girdawari columns of revenue records in year 2006-2007.
The police have registered a case against 33 persons, including the patwari. The matter come to light a week ago when the DC received a call from unknown person informing that some people were cutting trees from the government land at the village.
Following this, the DC asked the forest officials to rush to the spot and stop cutting of trees.
The DC then asked the revenue officials to conduct a demarcation of the entire 261 acres of land, including 101 acres belonging to the forest department and 90 acres of the central government. Mitra said when officials examined the old revenue records, certain discrepancies came to the fore.
She said the issue of fraudulent entries in the revenue records by the patwari in connivance with some individuals with the intention of grabbing 40 acres of government land was came to her notice a few days ago and she asked Nawanshahr naib tehsildar to hold a preliminary inquiry into this.
“In his report submitted on April 7, the naib tehsildar found that the accused patwari was guilty of effecting the change in revenue records without requisite sanction from the competent authority,” she said. After this, Nawanshahr SDM Jiwan Jagjot was asked to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
“The SDM found that the 32 individuals whose names were entered in revenue records were equally responsible for the fraud along with the revenue official,” said the DC. Patwari Bintoo Lal has been suspended.
The police have booked the accused under sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 193, 120 B of the IPC at the Rahon police station.