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Gurgaon: Congress leader meets Gwal Pahari residents, assures them support

Ashok Tanwar, president of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, met villagers of Gwal Pahari in Gurgaon

gurgaon Updated: Apr 25, 2017 23:23 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
Gwalpahari,Ashok Tanwar,Congress leader
Ashok Tanwar in Gwal Pahari on Tuesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Ashok Tanwar, president of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, met villagers of Gwal Pahari on Tuesday to address their grievances against the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and the BJP-led state government.

The locals said the land, a dispute over which is currently being heard by the Punjab and Haryana high court, has been in their possession for years and they have been cultivating on it for generations. They accused the MCG of trying to usurp their land.

Gopal Singh, a local, said, “We have all records of possession with us and many of us sold our land to third parties. Thus several parties have been created and they all have done a fair sale and purchase deed. Ever since the MCG came into being, it has made repeated attempts to acquire our land. We need all the support in this regard.”

Tanwar assured the locals of all possible help.

“We will take up the issue in the state assembly. We will not allow the government or the MCG to usurp farmers’ land under any case,” said Tanwar, who visited several other parts of Gurgaon with party members on Tuesday.

Tanwar said, “We will gather information in this regard and try to resolve it in favour of the genuine owners. The residents of the village are unhappy with the MCG and the state government.”

The MCG carried out a demolition drive on March 14 to remove structures such as boundary walls and hutments in order to secure ‘its land’ from encroachments in Gwal Pahari.

The MCG action came nearly two months after former Gurgaon deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash said mutation no. 3249, which was the basis of the MCG’s claim to ownership of 464 acres of disputed land, was wrongly done.

The MCG later obtained a stay against the collector’s observation from the court of D Suresh, divisional commissioner, Gurgaon.

On February 23, Suresh, while hearing the MCG’s plea, justified the civic body’s claim that the collector had passed an order without jurisdiction.

The opponents had, however, argued that Satyaprakash’s observation was an inquiry report that was sent for approval to the government.

First Published: Apr 25, 2017 23:23 IST