Buildings owned by Mukhtar Ansari’s family brought down, LDA says construction illegal

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |

Published: August 28, 2020 5:31:57 am

Earthmovers demolish homes belonging to Mukhtar Ansari’s family in Dalibagh space of Lucknow on Thursday. (Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

THE LUCKNOW Development Authority (LDA) on Thursday demolished two “illegal buildings” registered within the identify of jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s family members within the posh Dalibagh locality of Lucknow.

LDA officers mentioned the buildings have been constructed with out an accepted map. They added that the properties have been constructed on “evacuee property” and due to this fact come beneath the Enemy Property Act, which allows and regulates the appropriation of property in India owned by Pakistani nationals. As the buildings have been on evacuee property, compounding of the identical was additionally not doable.

More than 250 police personnel and 20 JCB machines have been concerned within the course of on Thursday, when the 2 buildings, constructed on round 22,000 sq. ft land value a number of crores, have been demolished.

LDA Joint Secretary Ritu Suhas, who can be the prescribed authority within the case, informed The Indian Express that earlier the property was within the identify of Mukhtar’s mom, however after her demise was inherited by Mukhtar’s sons Abbas and Umar Ansari on the idea of her will.

“The area on which the buildings were constructed is around 22,000 sq ft. The main reason behind the demolition is that the maps for the buildings were rejected but the construction was completed without waiting for the map approval. They [registered owners] must have registry papers as they had applied for the approval of map, which was rejected. However, we cannot say about the authenticity of the registry as that cannot be determined just by the application of the map. We do not keep the land records. Only on Thurdsay, We came to know that the buildings were on evacuee property. This means that they were not authorised to construct on the land,” mentioned Suhas.

ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar, nonetheless, mentioned in a press release that the property was illegally transferred by Mukhtar to his mom and was later inherited by his sons.

Suhas, in the meantime, identified that the LDA had additionally issued a number of notices, together with the registered one, however obtained no reply. The Joint Secretary had issued the demolition orders on August 11. Sources within the LDA mentioned it (LDA) shouldn’t have any paperwork to precisely pinpoint each housing items have been constructed. The sources, nonetheless, added that each homes have been constructed reportedly within the Nineteen Nineties. Authorities additionally added that the LDA will cost the price of demolition and in addition the lease of the property until date from the house owners of the buildings.

The Lucknow district administration has confirmed that the bills of demolition shall be recovered from the constructing house owners and an FIR shall be registered. Responsibility of officers beneath whom this illegal construction passed off may even be mounted.

As per knowledge supplied by Prashant Kumar, up to now property amounting to greater than Rs 68 crore has been seized by Mukhtar and his associates. The motion taken towards Ansari (who’s lodged in Ropar jail in Punjab) and his associates contains arrest of 26 folks, of which eight have been booked beneath the Gangster Act, for working an illegal slaughter home which was raking in round Rs 2.5 crore per yr. After registering of 4 instances, 13 of his associates have been arrested for illegal extortion within the identify of parking and incomes of round Rs 4.5 crore a yr.

Also, 25 of Ansari’s associates have been arrested in 5 completely different districts for working illegal fishery enterprise and supply of round Rs 33 crore was shut. Around 20 acres value Rs 27.5 crore given for airport was freed and three hotmix crops have been demolished. In Azamgarh, land value Rs 62 lakh was free of three of his associates. Action of canceling arms licences owned by 72 of his family members and associates was additionally taken.

According to Kumar, in complete an illegal earnings of round Rs 41 crore per yr has been stopped, together with the arrest of 96 of his associates of which 75 have been arrested beneath the Gangster Act. At least 12 of his gang members have already been externed for six months.

In June, the Uttar Pradesh police carried out raids at illegal slaughterhouses, car stands and different small companies which might be being operated by members of the Mukhtar gang. Ansari, a five-time MLA, is at the moment lodged in Ropar jail. He was put behind bars in 2005 in reference to the homicide of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai. In July final yr, he was acquitted of the fees within the homicide case by a particular CBI courtroom in Delhi. However, he stays behind bars in different instances.

Mukhtar’s brother and BSP MP from Ghazipur Lok Sabha constituency, Afzal Ansari, didn’t reply to cellphone calls and textual content messages.

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