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War veteran accuses some ‘influential people’ of land grab

punjab Updated: Mar 21, 2014 10:32 IST
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A retired army man from Shimlapuri in Ludhiana on Thursday alleged that some influential persons who enjoyed political patronage had forcibly occupied 120 acres of land belonging to him at Bulle village of Jalandhar district.

In a press conference, ex-serviceman Santokh Singh alleged that police had also failed to take any action on his complaints lodged earlier.

He urged the Jalandhar SSP (rural) to take action against the accused. The accused had prepared a fake registration of the land which was under their illegal possession since 2005, Singh alleged. Singh, who took part in Kargil and 1971 war between India and Pakistan, said the land was allotted to his grandfather by the government after Partition.

In 1996, his brother Balvir Singh gave some portion of land to Virsa Singh on contract basis for farming, he said, adding that Virsa along with his family members continued farming on the land till 2005.

The 60-year-old said when his brother Balvir went to take possession of the land while selling it to Ludhiana-based Balwant Singh, Virsa Singh and others attacked him. He said they had been lodging complaints with local and senior police officials but no action was taken against the accused as they enjoyed political patronage.

Santokh along with BSP leader Kamal Dev Jandusingha demanded strict action against the accused, adding that he had forwarded the complaint to the National Scheduled Castes Commission and Punjab director general of police.

The BSP leader said due to police inaction in the case, Santokh’s family has been living on rent in Ludhiana.

Superintendent of police (D) HPS Khakh said after receiving the complaint, the officials concern have been asked to conduct an inquiry into the case. Action will be taken thereafter, he added.