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APW wants probe into Dispur land settlement
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 - Voluntary organisation Assam Public Works (APW) today demanded of the Chief Minister an official order to institute an enquiry as to how a construction company could get settlement of a 50-kotha plot of land in Dispur area in 1961, violating the Tribal Belt and Block regulations.

The organisation also demanded steps to send the bureaucrats, who regularised the settlement, to outside the State on deputation until the enquiry on the issue is completed.

The organisation said in its statement that the plot measuring three bighas, two kothas and 15 lechas covered by old dag number 61 and 532, which is purportedly purchased in 1961 by the construction company, was under Tribal Belt at that time. The construction company is owned by a non-tribal and non-indigenous person.

Moreover, the then State Revenue Minister also informed the State Assembly in 2014, in reply to a question, that the plots of land covered by old dag numbers 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 532 (new dags respectively 107, 116, 117, 118, 119) of Hatigaon Revenue Village under Beltola mouza were of ceiling surplus category.

If that be the case, then how could the apartment, being built on this plot of land, be treated as legal, questioned the voluntary organisation to buttress its stand on the need of a high-level enquiry on the issue of the settlement grated to the company on this plot.

The organisation claimed that it has filed a case (No.4, 2016) in the court of the Special Judge, Assam, on October 20, 2016, in this connection under Sections 120 B, 420, 468, 471, 309 of the IPC read with Sections 13(1) (c )/ 13 (1) (d)(ii) and Section 13 (2) of the PC Act.

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