HAZARIBAG: The district administration has finally taken action against the land mafia who had illegal possession of government land in the Matwari locality of Hazaribag town. The 5.29 acre of land was earmarked for the construction of a multi-storeyed hostel for tribal students. The welfare department had begun the construction work.
The district welfare officer lodged a complaint with the deputy commissioner, Manish Ranjan, alleging the illegal occupants of not allowing them to construct the building. He accused them of getting the land settled in their name in connivance with a former circle officer (CO) of Hazaribag sadar circle, the government surveyor, circle inspector and the revenue karmachari.
A team led by additional collector Shekhar Verma was sent to the spot to inquire into the matter. Verma found that khas mahal holding no-304 (building lease) and plot no 305 measuring 5.29 acre, meant for developing an orchard had been wrongfully and illegally settled by former government officials in gross violation of the existing rules. On receiving the inquiry report, Ranjan asked Verma to cancel the illegal settlements and take possession of the land and initiate legal action against the concerned government officials who were allegedly involved in this land scam. He also directed him to lodge complaint against those officials who have fraudulently cheated the state exchequer.
In the wake of such incidents, Ranjan ordered Verma to hold a detailed inquiry into the other illegally occupied lands, complaints about which keep pouring in every day.
Meanwhile, Ranjan wrote to the CBSE Board for the immediate cancellation of the registration and affiliation of St Stephens School, a premier school of Hazaribag, for providing wrong information to the Board to get affiliated. In his letter, Ranjan pointed out that the land shown by the school management does not belong to them and hence action must be taken against them.