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NH-74 scam: Congress holds first statewide protest against BJP govt

Hindustan Times | ByPrithviraj Singh
Jun 06, 2017 08:52 PM IST

Congress leaders burnt effigies of the state government in front of collectorates at all 13 district headquarters.They also submitted memorandums addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee to the district magistrates, urging him to expedite the CBI probe into the scam.

DEHRADUN: The Congress workers on Tuesday came out on the street for the first time in more than two and half months of the BJP government’s rule to protest against the Centre’s approach on CBI investigation against the alleged National Highway-74 land scam .

Congress workers protesting against the Uttarakhand government's ‘anti-people decisions’ in Dehradun on Tuesday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)
Congress workers protesting against the Uttarakhand government's ‘anti-people decisions’ in Dehradun on Tuesday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

They protested against the Trivendra Singh Rawat government’s move to go back on its own commitment announced earlier for a CBI probe into the much publicised NH-74 land scam. Congress leaders burnt effigies of the state government in front of collectorates at all 13 district headquarters.They also submitted memorandums addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee to the district magistrates, urging him to expedite the CBI probe into the scam.

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“The government is not tired of speaking of zero tolerance against corruption but it is now going back on the chief minister’s announcements to hold a CBI probe in the land acquisition scam as the Union minister (Nitin Gadkari) of the concerned department doesn’t want it. This will be first ever occasion in the history of Indian democracy that a CBI investigation recommended by a state government doesn’t reach to its logical end. But we will not let it die and raise its voice from every platform,” Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh said.

“The Trivendra Singh Rawat government has taken a series of anti-people decisions in the past two and half months of its rule. There is no sign of new development activities while the government is taking back door exit on a CBI probe in the land scam.”

Singh asked the Centre to clarify why it was “shying away” from a CBI probe into the scam. Irregularities worth nearly Rs 300 crore were detected in the acquisition of farmland for the construction of the proposed NH-74 in Udham Singh Nagar district between 2011-2016. Farmland was shown to be non-agricultural to increase the compensation amount by at least 20 times to benefit chosen stakeholders and beneficiaries, he alleged.

The Congress leader also criticised the state government for transferring an official on the basis of whose report the CBI probe was recommended. With PTI inputs

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