Process on to take back land ‘en­croached’ by Jai Guru Dev trust

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - He­men­dra Chaturvedi n he­men­dra.chaturvedi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AGRA: Amid heavy po­lice de­ploy­ment, the Mathura administration on Satur­day ini­ti­ated pro­ceed­ings for ac­qui­si­tion of land al­legedly en­croached by the Jai Guru Dev Trust in Mathura.

The administration fo­cused on 2.63 hectare land on which there is no re­port­edly no stay or­der. This piece of land is said to be­long to the Ut­tar Pradesh State In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (UPSIDC).

The pro­ceed­ings fol­low the no­tice is­sued ear­lier by the Mathura administration to the Jai Guru Dev Trust. The no­tice was served af­ter the Al­la­habad high court took a tough stand on the is­sue. The high court had asked the state au­thor­i­ties to in­struct the district administration to ini­ti­ate the process to have the land, owned by the UPSIDC and al­legedly en­croached by Jai Guru Dev Ashram Trust, va­cated.

The district administration’s ac­tion comes just two days be­fore the hear­ing in the HC on Septem­ber 18. The UPSIDC had ear­lier for­warded a re­port re­gard­ing en­croach­ment on 41 hectare land by the trust. The administration had served a show cause no­tice ear­lier this month. The man­age­ment of the Baba Jai Guru Dev Trust has re­port­edly replied to the no­tice.

Mathura DM Arvind Malappa Ban­gari had is­sued in­struc­tions on Fri­day for ini­ti­at­ing the process of ac­qui­si­tion. The mea­sure­ment process be­gan on Satur­day. Heavy force from dif­fer­ent po­lice sta­tions, sup­ported by Provin­cial Armed Con­stab­u­lary, was depl oyed in the area as rev­enue staff led by ADM (fi­nance and rev­enue) Ravin­dra Ku­mar swung into ac­tion .

Ear­lier, a sur­vey of 106 hectare of land owned by the UPSIDC was con­ducted and en­croach­ment was al­leged on 41 hectares in Mathura. The Mathura po­lice and the administration are tread­ing with cau­tion in view of the large-scale vi­o­lence that claimed 29 lives dur­ing an op­er­a­tion to evict squat­ters from Jawa­har Bagh in June last year.

HT

Heavy po­lice at the site where the administration be­gan the process of land ac­qui­si­tion in Mathura on Satur­day.

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