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Revenue officials, land-brokers booked for fraud

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Srinagar, Sep 13:  Crime Branch Kashmir has booked several revenue department officials and some land-brokers received on charges of having sold around 141 kanals of the State and Kahcharai land to different beneficiaries.

According to a Crime Branch spokesman, following a complaint, a preliminary verification prima facie established that the land falling under survey no’s 25, 26,207 at Barthana and survey No 57 at  Parimpora Srinagar is Kahcharai land and  it has been illegally encroached upon, while as the land falling under survey no. 41 at Parimpora, Srinagar, is  state land and has been allotted to various individuals under  “Grow more food” scheme as per the revenue records.

The spokesman said the occupants have violated the norms by constructing  houses and shops on the said land.

He also said that land falling under survey no. 25, 26 and 207 at village Barthana, measuring 30, 08, 28, 15, 81, and 12 Kanals respectively is Kahcharai land.

“There are as many as 184 occupants who have constructed houses, shops, poultry form, plastic melting factory (M/S Indo Kashmir) and other structures on the said land while some portion of this land is under the occupation of some non-state subjects,” the spokesman informed.

“The illegal occupants have been found to pay rent on monthly/yearly basis to the accused on different rates such as Rs 1,25,611 per annum from Indo Kashmir firm, Rs 12,000 per month from a non-local resident of West Bengal and Rs 90,000 per month from one Mehraj-u-Din Gazi,” the spokesman revealed.

He said the possession of said land has been transferred without any proper documentation so as to escape criminal prosecution.

“Revenue officials with their willful omission to exercise powers U/S 133 Land Revenue Act in connivance with land brokers have transformed 158 Kanals of Kahcharai land under Khasra Nos. 25, 26, 207 and 57 into well-established colonies,” the spokesman revealed.

Accordingly, a case (FIR no.40/2018 U/S 420, 409, 447-A, 120-B RPC) has been registered against officials of the Revenue department and other accused private persons. Further investigation has been taken up.

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