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LIT wins, gets prime 5.5 acres vacated

The infamous Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) case of dispute over prime land worth Rs 80 crore finally ended on Tuesday with the LIT getting possession over the 5.5 acre piece of land. The case took a turn in 2002 when LIT's junior engineer Nirmal Singh Bhullar was shot dead while trying to get the land vacated of illegal possession.

punjab Updated: Aug 22, 2012 00:31 IST
Anshu Seth

The infamous Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) case of dispute over prime land worth Rs 80 crore finally ended on Tuesday with the LIT getting possession over the 5.5 acre piece of land. The case took a turn in 2002 when LIT's junior engineer Nirmal Singh Bhullar was shot dead while trying to get the land vacated of illegal possession.


The credit for getting the prime land vacated goes to the additional deputy commissioner (development) Dr Rishipal, who was recently given the additional charge of chief administrator of LIT.

Dr Rishipal said: “I would like to give the credit to my predecessor deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari, who initiated the proceedings in this case and also to the executive engineer of LIT Sukhbir Singh Jakhar, who is instrumental in convincing Gajjan Singh to hand over the possession of the land to the Improvement Trust. We have also started a drive to take possession of other LIT land which is illegally occupied.”

Despite repeated attempts, former administrators of LIT had failed to get possession of 5.5 acres that initially belonged to Sunet village near Ludhiana, but was incorporated in Vikas scheme undertaken by LIT in 1984. The total area covered under this scheme is about 475 acres and is now referred to as Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar on Pakhowal Road.

This piece of 5.5 acres was owned by Gajjan Singh when LIT acquired it. He was paid the due amount, but he refused to vacate the land and carried on with tilling it. He moved the sessions court, but lost the case.

The mutation of the land was done in the name of LIT in 1997 and an amount of Rs 2,22,783.75 was deposited in the name of Gajjan Singh. LIT officials deposited an additional compensation of Rs 11,11,828 in the name of Gajjan Singh in 2002.

Subsequent appeals filed by Gajjan Singh and his son Kehar Singh in the court of commissioner, Patiala division, too were disposed of. The matter took a serious turn when LIT administrator Raminder Singh, along with senior officials and police squad, reached the spot to take possession and Gajjan Singh along with his son Kehar Singh opened fire. JE Nirmal Singh Bhullar was killed, while executive officer KP Gosain and kanungo Avtar Singh Pannu received grave injuries. Kehar Singh was arrested and is currently lodged at Nabha jail. Still, Gajjan Singh refused to give possession of the land.

LIT was dissolved in July 2012 and the additional charge of the administrator was given to Ludhiana DC Rahul Tewari, who initiated the negotiations with Gajjan Singh. Similarly, ADC (D) Dr Rishipal, upon assuming office in August, maintained the pressure on Gajjan Singh and succeeded to get the land vacated.

Chief administrator credits predecessor
The credit for getting the prime land vacated goes to additional deputy commissioner (development) Dr Rishipal, who was recently given the additional charge of chief administrator of LIT.

Rishipal, however, credited his predecessor deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari for being the first one to move the case.

“I would like to give all the credit to my predecessor Rahul Tewari. He initiated the proceedings in the case and also to Ludhiana Improvement Trust executive engineer Sukhbir Singh Jakhar, who is instrumental in convincing Gajjan Singh to hand over the possession of the land to the Improvement Trust.”

“We have also started a drive to take possession of other LIT land, which is illegally occupied,” he said.