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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:43 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:43 AM (IST)

‘Encroachment’ on Thanesar civic body land; probe ordered

Vishal Joshi

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, June 13

Following allegations of an attempt by the Thanesar Municipal Council to allow encroachments on its prime commercial land here, the district administration has tasked the District Revenue Officer (DRO) to probe the matter.

Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia said the official had been asked to summon records and municipal officials to bring out the truth.

The DRO will study official papers to ascertain the ownership and encroachments on the land in the ‘Katcha Gher’ locality in the heart of the city, said the DC.

Narinder Sharma, former municipal councillor and convener of the Katcha Gher Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, said due to political interference, the council officials were keeping mum on the issue for the last several years.

He said ahead of the Assembly polls, a section of local politicians was lobbying to legalise the encroachments.

The samiti had submitted records, including orders of the High Court, with the DC.

Sharma said that the High Court in 2009 had upheld the observations made by the lower court that the land belonged to the Thanesar municipality.

“Previously, the council tabled documents in the courts claiming that the entire land in the vicinity of the municipality office was its property. Detailed drawings were presented to buttress the ownership and on this basis, the High Court had rejected the claims of the occupants that they own the land. But no effort has been made to evict the illegal occupants,” claims Sharma.

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