Ghangapatna Govt Land in Odisha
BHUBANESWAR: The Crime Branch (CB) on Tuesday began probe into Ghangapatna land scam in which influential persons allegedly grabbed at least 76 acre of government land.
DIG of CB Rajesh Kumar said a 12-member special investigation team led by an ASP has started probe into the allegations. "The team visited Ghangapatna for an on-spot assessment and collecting preliminary information regarding the irregularities," he said. The CB registered a case against three additional tahasildars, three revenue inspectors besides unnamed lease holders and buyers on the basis of an FIR lodged by ADM (Bhubaneswar) Abanikanta Patnaik.
Bhubaneswar tahasildar Manas Samal accompanied the probe team to the spot. "The team had sought help of revenue department for demarcation of the land," Samal said. Seven revenue department officers would help the CB team in investigating ownership and sale of the controversial land.
The government cancelled leases 41.40 acre of 58 persons in 1998. However, some of these lease holders sold off lands illegally after the leases were cancelled.
Earlier, departmental inquiry led by collector (Khurda) Niranjan Sahu had pointed out grabbing of government land. Government sources said process to cancel lease of remaining 35 acre has also started on the grounds of fraud and violation of prescribed norms.