Three first data studies (FIRs) have been filed at totally different police stations in Ahmedabad, first time under the newly launched stringent Gujarat Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act on Wednesday.
According to police, the FIRs have been filed at Sarkhej, Ellisbridge and Sola High Court police stations against varied accused for allegedly grabbing land of complainants, after the Ahmedabad district land grabbing (prohibition) committee referred it to the police.
A committee of seven officers, headed by the district collector and having different members reminiscent of district improvement officer, district superintendent of police, municipal commissioner, police commissioner, chief government officer of city improvement authority and resident further collector was shaped under the anti-land grabbing act.
Any aggrieved individual can submit a written grievance to the committee, which is able to then appoint an officer to inquire into it. The inquiry officer will submit the report and the committee has to take a choice on the report inside 21 days.
As per the Act, if the grievance is discovered real, then the committee will order registration of an FIR against the accused individual. Police should register an FIR inside seven days of the order of the committee. Investigation of the case might be achieved by a police officer, not beneath the rank of deputy superintendent of police. Police will even must submit the cost sheet inside 30 days of the FIR.
For expediting trial in instances under the regulation, particular courts will even be arrange and these courts should get rid of the case inside six months. Under the Act, the minimal punishment for the responsible is 10 years, which might be prolonged upto 14 years.
In the primary case, 74-year-old Ahemad Patel, a resident of Paldi in Ahmedabad, was detained and booked at Sarkhej police station for allegedly grabbing 8,030 sq. metres of land in Ahmedabad metropolis space 33 years in the past.
According to police, Pranav Sheth (46), a resident of Bopal in Ahmedabad, submitted a written grievance on Wednesday to the Sarkhej PS alleging that the land plot was registered in the title of his father, Harish Sheth, and since 2007, his title has been put because the proprietor.
“In 1984, my father decided to sell the land to two persons — Lakhu Patel and Rajendra Tripathi — for Rs 2.18 lakh. However, my father never gave the ownership of the plot to the two persons nor have we received the Rs 2.18 lakh from them till date. So the agreement got cancelled due to non-performance. In 1987, the two persons sold the land plot to Ahemad Patel for Rs 2.18 lakh… however, the agreement mentioned that the ownership has not been given to Ahemad Patel,” stated Sheth in his grievance.
“Since 1987, Ahemad Patel has been illegally occupying the land and has contructed Sheetal Estate on the land and rented it to third parties. The accused has also constructed a mosque… I approached the district collector on January 8 and an order by the member secretary of the district land grabbing (prohibition) committee has been issued ordering police for an FIR,” the grievance added.
Ahemad Patel’s son, Raees Patel instructed The Indian Express that the case is earlier than the Gujarat High Court and accused the police of high-handedness.
“The case sub-judice at the Gujarat High Court… Recently we met a senior police officer and submitted all the documents of our land. On Wednesday morning , my 74-year-old father and I were taken to Sarkhej police station and by afternoon, we were told that my father was being detained. We tried explaining that we have been owners of the land for 30 years but they did not listen and filed an FIR,” stated Raees.
In the second case, three accused — Viral Desai, Vipul Desai and Bachu Chunara — have been booked for allegedly grabbing over 3,000 sq. metres of land allotted to Panjrapole (animal shelter) organisation in Ambawadi of Ahmedabad.
According to the complainant, Rasik Nandasana, a advisor with Panjrapole physique, the three accused had illegally occupied the land, parked personal autos and have been working their very own animal shelter for 3 years by threatening the physique members. The complainant had despatched his application to the district land grabbing (prohibition) committee after which the FIR was lodged at Ellisbridge police station on Wednesday.
In the third case, six accused — Nathaji Ramtaji, Jalmaji Ramtaji, Lakshmanji Ramtaji, Rajaji Ramtaji, Ashok Rajaji and Lalaji Rajaji — have been booked at Sola High Court police station for allegedly grabbing a portion of 9,442 sq. metres of land in Chharodi village of Ahmedabad that’s presupposed to be a pastoral land. As per the FIR by the income talati official, the plot was sanctioned to the village panchayat since 1950 and since 2006 with the creation of municipality, the land was allotted for pasture for animals.
(*3*) stated Siddhraj Vaghela, income talati, Chharodi village, in his grievance.
Speaking to The Indian Express, RV Asari, further commissioner of police, sector 1, stated, “For the first time, three FIRs under the newly introduced land grabbing act has been lodged in Ahmedabad. All the accused in the case have been involved in land grabbing and multiple FIRs have been lodged against them in the past. We have launched investigations in the cases… in future also, police will keep taking action against those grabbing land.”