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Lingaraj land encroached under Govt’s nose


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Agencies role trigger suspicion

BHUBANESWAR: Even though State Government had earlier stopped the overnight constructions by a leading mining contractor’s wife Krutika P on a patch of land owned by the Lingaraj Temple Trust (Plot No. 54/ 286), on the Biju Patnaik Airport Road under the Airport police station in the capital city, again new constructions are being carried out flouting all rules and regulations.

The Bhubaneswar Tehsildar in a letter has mentioned that aforesaid land belongs to Lord Lingaraj and a Revision Case regarding it is pending before the Member Board of Revenue and the police should take steps to stop the constructions, which are being carried out unabated despite the local Revenue Inspector (RI) personally visiting the spot and trying to stop it.

The Tehsildar also stated that the mutation issued in the name of the mining contractor’s wife has been cancelled.

The Tehsildar in a letter No Dtd. 28 O1202 to the Lord Lingaraj

Temple Office Executive Officer stated that, “ The deity’s property and wrongly recorded in favour of a private person, Revision Cases bearing Nos.520/2020, 521/2020 and 522/2020 have been filed before the Member, Board of Revenue for its restoration by the Executive Officer Lord Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar.”

“The land being the property of Lord Lingaraj Trust Board in sabik ROR as held by DLRS, Odisha Cuttack, the land has been restored in the meanwhile in it’s prerecording position and the subsequent mutation patta has been cancelled,” the letter stated.

The Tehsildar further stated that “Instances have been made that some construction work is going on over this land despite sub-judice in Revisional Court. Besides instructions are being received to stop the construction from higher authority,” the letter further stated.

But despite this Krutika is carrying out construction by illegally demolishing the iron railing, divider and boundary wall constructed by the State Government without taking any permission. All this is being brazenly done just a few metres from the Chief Minister’s residence Naveen Niwas and Airport police station in the city,

But still the administration has remained a silent spectator to this. The Tehsildar had also held discussions with the ACP Zone-II to take immediate action and clamp section 144 of the CrPC as there was possibility of a law-and-order situation at the spot.

But despite this no action has been taken by the administration which points to a deep nexus which needs to be unravelled by a high-level probe, the locals demanded. The Lingaraj Temple Trust’s silence and reticent attitude over the matter has alo raised many eyebrows.

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