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Fresh probe ordered into 210 hectare Nalgarha land scam

Meerut divisional commissioner Dr Prabhat Kumar has appointed Gautam Budh Nagar additional district magistrate Kumar Vineet to collect details of the disputed land

noida Updated: Jul 10, 2017 23:36 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
Nalgarha,Gautam Budh Nagar,Bhagat Singh
The probe was initiated after the authorities received several complaints about the government land being sold off to private persons.(HT File Photo)

Meerut divisional commissioner Dr Prabhat Kumar has on Monday initiated an investigation into an alleged scam involving 210 hectares of land in Nalgarha village in Noida. The land had been the hideout of freedom struggle hero Bhagat Singh.

Bhagat Singh is said to have made bombs in Nalgarha, where many members of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army also lived. The Noida authority is slated to develop a 40-acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park in this village, located along the Noida Expressway.

“It is alleged that the government officials had sold 210 hectares of prime government land illegally to land mafia. I have directed the additional district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar to collect details of this land in next one month,” said Kumar.

Kumar held a meeting with Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh and several other officials on the issue at the Yamuna Expressway authority office. The divisional commissioner has appointed additional district magistrate Kumar Vineet to collect details regarding this land, which is estimated to be worth Rs 2,000 crore.

“As per directions, I will conduct a physical survey of the 210-hectare land in Noida’s Nalgarha village. It means I will collect details as to who has possession of this land and what is the nature of the disputed site,” said Vineet.

A 72-year-old woman, Manjit Kaur, has filed several complaints demanding a probe into the land scam. Manjit is the daughter-in-law of freedom fighter Karnail Singh, who worked with Bhagat Singh and Bose.

“Many influential villagers in nexus with government officials sold the government land for housing. They want to develop residential projects on this government land,” Kaur alleged in a complaint.

Following the complaints, Gautam Budh Nagar administration had, in April 2016, started a probe into the matter, but nothing came out so far. Now, the Meerut divisional commissioner, who is also Yamuna expressway authority chairman, wants the probe to finish in a time-bound manner.

“Deputy Director of Consolidation (DDC) of the land is already probing into this case to verify who sold the government land. As per records, the land belongs to Nalgarha village panchayat. I have directed the DDC to dispose of this case in next one month. And by that time, physical verification of the land will also be done. We will then identify the officials and persons who sold the land, so that we can take appropriate action,” said the divisional commissioner.

After a physical survey, the district administration will evict illegal occupants on this land.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 23:11 IST