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But, Enclave baddies refuse to budge

WHEN WOULD the authorities be able to muster enough courage to take on the students? mafia who continue to remain as firmly and illegally ensconced in the Nehru Enclave as ever?
None | By HT Live Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2006 12:04 AM IST

WHEN WOULD the authorities be able to muster enough courage to take on the students’ mafia who continue to remain as firmly and illegally ensconced in the Nehru Enclave as ever?

On Wednesday, yet another warning given by the LDA to these flat-grabbers to vacate the premises came to an end. But as in the past, this ultimatum too seems to have been treated with the same scorn by the anti-socials.

Leave alone the LDA, why for that matter is the entire administration including not only the DM and the SSP but also the Commissioner soft-pedaling on the issue is intriguing. The answer, according to sources, is simple: most of these student leaders reportedly owe allegiance to the ruling party.

Small wonder then despite the warning either to deposit the full cost of the property or move out by Wednesday, not a single illegal occupant chose to heed the LDA’s warning. The only consolation perhaps was that after much cajoling and persuasion by an LDA official, former LUSU general secretary Ram Singh Rana and a couple of other occupants finally deposited just 10 percent of the total cost of the property.

On July 17, Commissioner RK Mittal has held a meeting with senior administration and police officials on the issue. It was on his directives that LDA Vice Chairman BB Singh had given a week’s notice to all the illegal occupants to vacate the premises voluntarily failing which, they were told a case would be registered against them. Strangely though the Commissioner was informed that the Enclave had a total of 110 illegal residents, the encroachers’ list published on July 19 by the LDA contained the names of only 79.

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