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UP govt portal to track action against land mafia

All details related to the land mafia in Noida and other places will be updated on the portal on a regular basis

noida Updated: Jun 28, 2017 23:19 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times
SSP Love Kumar and Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh brief the media on action taken against the land mafia.
SSP Love Kumar and Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh brief the media on action taken against the land mafia.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The state government has come up with an online portal for the anti-land mafia task force set up in various districts to put up daily updates on regarding action taken against those involved in illegal land deals and encroachment. The portal, which was launched on June 24 by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, is meant to ensure better coordination between the state government agencies working against the land mafia. However, it is not open to the public yet.

According to district magistrate BN Singh, who heads the state’s task force in Gautam Budh Nagar, all details related to land mafia will be updated on the portal and regular meetings will be held between the agencies involved. The government will take all possible action against persons found disrupting public orders regarding land and those booked for encroachment will be made to pay for the loss borne by the government for the period that land was encroached upon, he said.

“The government will also attach movable and immovable properties of persons identified as part of the land mafia,” he added.

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The DM said on Wednesday said that their first report on land mafia in the district is ready in which they have divided data in three categories — gram sabha, land mafia members identified and encroachment on government property.

In the gram sabha category, officials have found that 263.0565 hectares (ha) is illegally encroached upon, 2,693 encroachers have been identified and 307 cases booked under Section 67 of the Land Transfer Act. Three FIRs have been registered and 47.3432 ha freed from encroachment, according to figures released by the district administration.

In the category of land mafia members identified, officials have identified 43 members, one of whom has criminal cases registered against him. Two civil cases of encroachment were also found. A total of 2.061 ha of the 27.5886 ha encroached upon by these persons has been freed.

In the third category, agencies have identified 69.7434 ha government land under encroachment, 286 encroachers, 21 cases registered under various sections, one FIR and 62.982 hectares freed.

“We want to make a strong case against the land mafia and have written to the district’s three industrial authorities and the police, revenue and irrigation departments to identify government and private land encroached upon. We have also asked them to identify the 10 top players of land mafia in their jurisdiction,” he added.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Love Kumar, who has asked his department to come down heavily on encroachers, said every police station will submit to him a report about encroached land in their area and names of people notorious for their involvement. The report will then be forwarded to the DM.

HT had earlier reported that character certificates of people who have links with the land mafia will be cancelled. A character certificate is required to get into any kind of legal contract. It is valid for two years and is issued from the collector’s office

The government is also going to review arms licences of people who have encroached government or private land.

First Published: Jun 28, 2017 23:19 IST

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