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Sarpanch booked for fraud 19.10.2017 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 18

Jasbir Singh, the Sarpanch of Bhagupur Bait village, falling under the Bhindisaida police station, has been booked for cheating and forgery.

He allegedly leased out the village common land for 20 years without taking the requisite permission from the District Development and Panchayat Department. A complaint was lodged by Gurpreet Singh, district DDPO (District Development and Panchayat Officer) in this regard. In the complaint, he stated that by leasing out the Panchayat land, he had caused huge losses to the state exchequer.

Following this, the police have registered a case under Sections 409, 420 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 13-A of the Village Common Land Act. The police authorities said that further investigations were underway and the suspect had been asked to join the probe.

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Ensure redressal of pending cases in 3 months, staff told 16.10.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mohali, October 15 While tightening noose around those possessing panchayati lands illegally, the Secretary of Rural Development and Panchayat Department directed the staff to ensure the redressal of all pending cases within three months under the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act and Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act, 1961. Issuing directions, Anurag Verma, Secretary of the department, said the warrant to possession should be issued after following the proper procedure as per law within one month of issuing the eviction notice and then possession should be taken within one month after coordinating with the Revenue Department. Verma said checking at offices of District Development and Panchayat officers would be conducted after November 15 and if any kind of dereliction would be noticed for non-issuance of warrant to possession as per above said timeline, then the District Development and Panchayat Officer and Block Development and  Panchayat Officer concerned  would be held ...
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Dalits, Nihangs clash over land; one killed, 10 injured 16.10.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, October 15 A Dalit was killed and 10 were injured in a clash with Nihangs over possession of reserved land at Shahpur Kalan village in the district today. The police booked nine Nihangs and started raids to arrest them. Family members of those injured alleged that Nihangs had encroached upon five acres of village common land around five years ago. On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the police got vacated 1.25 acres from Nihangs’ possession two years ago and handed it over to the village panchayat to carve out two-marla plots for each Dalit family. When the Dalits arrived at the site today to take possession of their plots, it led to a clash with the Nihangs occupying the land. Gurmeet Singh, a Dalit villager, said: “We had informed the police last evening, following which cops visited our village. But they did not take action. During the clash, Nihangs attacked us with bricks and sharp-edged weapons.” The deceased was identified as Teja Singh (65). The ...
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Residents file complaint with DC 10.10.2017 The Tribune
Patiala, October 9 Irked over illegal encroachments on the cremation ground allotted by the administration to Dheeru Nagar, residents lodged a complaint with the DC. They demanded that showrooms constructed on the land meant for the cremation ground on the Sular road should be demolished. A politically backed self-styled chairman of an organisation has allegedly raised showrooms in connivance with certain political leaders on the land of the cremation ground spread over around 44 bighas of land. The complainant also alleged irregularities by the previous management of the cremation ground committee. The residents claimed that despite initial complaints to the officials concerned, the illegal construction did not stop on the government property, which is worth crores. The residents claimed that the land mafia might have prepared forged documents of the common land with the help of some administrative officials and had also raised several showrooms and shops on the prime land. Prem Khora, a resident of ...
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Illegal mining: Flying squad conducts first raid in Majri block, returns empty-handed 6.10.2017 Chandigarh – The Indian Express
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Cong men out to grab our worker’s plot: SAD 6.10.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, October 5 A 200-sq-yd plot in Barkatpura village has become a bone of contention between SAD and Congress men. The plot is in the name of a SAD supporter, who has alleged that some Congress supporters from his village want to grab it to make a passage to their agricultural land. “Since the formation of the Congress government, some of the party supporters have been trying to grab a plot of Mohammad Sabbir. Cops and the civil administration are also supporting the Congress men. When Sabbir refused to part with it, they got a false case registered against him under land grab charges. Now, Congress leaders, cops and the civil administration officers are openly threatening him of dire consequences if he does not give away his plot to them,” alleged advocate Parvez Akhtar, SAD leader and Block Samiti member from Malerkotla. “Last month, cops, along with the civil administration, made two attempts to take over the plot despite a stay order of court. I have filed a case of contempt ...
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Sunet residents up in arms against LIT 26.9.2017 The Tribune
Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, September 25 Residents of Sunet village situated on the periphery of the city held a protest against the authorities of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for what they termed as ‘illegal encroachment’ on a piece of village common land which was allotted to Maha Sabha for the construction of a park and memorial to Shaheed Baba Bhan Singh. According to activists of the Maha Sabha, who led the protest, the LIT authorities were repeatedly asked not to interfere with the village common land where a stage had been erected for cultural programmes and a park was under development. “Even after giving assurances that they will stay away from this piece of land, the LIT authorities had now demolished the stage and the land around it has also been dug up for reasons best known to the officials,” said Col JS Brar (retd), president, and Jaswant Zeerakh, a functionary of the Maha Sabha. The protesters said when work had been taken in hand by the LIT at the village common land, they had ...
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Conflicts across India as states create land banks for industry, investment 19.9.2017 Business Standard: News Now
Up to 2.68 mn hectares of land have been set aside in land banks in the eight states
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4 Dalit women ‘attacked’ by upper-caste men in Sangrur 18.9.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Sangrur, September 17 Four Dalit women were allegedly attacked by upper caste men in Fatehgarh village on Saturday over a waste dumping site near a village gurdwara. One of them suffered an injury in the leg and admitted to the Sangrur Civil Hospital. The police have not registered any case as yet. Injured Harpal Kaur (50) said they had been dumping waste on a small portion of the village common land near the village gurdwara. However, some upper caste men wanted to grab the common land and had been trying to prevent them from dumping their waste on it, she alleged. “It’s a small part of the village common land and we have been dumping our waste there for the past eight months. We are ready to stop dumping here, but the panchayat must provide some other space. On Saturday, five upper caste men attacked me and three other women when we were dumping the waste,” alleged Harpal Kaur. Sanjeev Mintu, state president of the Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union, alleged that the victims had met ...
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Community land trust model best suited to reinvent Dharavi 16.9.2017 Hindu: News
Top entry in competition held by UDRI introduces the idea of a common land reserve that will allow residents to build on their own
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Socio-economic disruption mars Chambal's land leveling experiment 12.9.2017 Downtoearth
The ravines of Chambal used to provide multiple livelihood options for its poor and marginal farmers. Leveling of land is triggering conflicts and increasing social inequity
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