Cops on the look out for cor­po­ra­tor

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Even as City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion (Cidco) con­tin­ues with its crack­down against il­le­gal build­ings in Digha, the po­lice have started tak­ing ac­tion against the de­vel­op­ers re­spon­si­ble.

With the can­cel­la­tion of Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party cor­po­ra­tor Navin Gavte’s bail plea, the po­lice have started a look out for him.

As­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice Arun Wal­ture said, “Gavte had ear­lier se­cured an­tic­i­pa­tory bail how­ever af­ter its ex­piry, he had been de­nied an ex­ten­sion dur­ing the se­cond at­tempt.”

He said, “We are now look­ing out for him as he is not avail­able.”

Ask­ing for sup­port from res­i­dents Wal­ture said, “Digha res­i­dents should come for­ward and com­plain to us against those de­vel­op­ers who have cheated them.”

“Af­ter a com­plaint is made, the doc­u­ments given by the com­plainant are scru­ti­nised. The doc­u­ments are sent for ver­i­fi­ca­tion to the depart­ment on whose land the struc­tures have come up,” he said. “It helps us con­firm which bo­gus doc­u­ments the de­vel­oper has used and we can then pro­ceed against him ac­cord­ingly.”

The high court had last year deemed 99 build­ings in Digha il­le­gal and asked them to be de­mol­ished.

Of th­ese, five build­ings have been pulled down so far and there has been a hue and cry with sev­eral peo­ple ap­proach­ing the court for a stay. The court or­dered for­ma­tion of a spe­cial com­mit­tee headed by Wal­ture to look into the mat­ter.

“So far cases have been reg­is­tered against 51 peo­ple, of whom 26 have been ar­rested. We are look­ing for 13 peo­ple while five have taken in­terim bail. As for the other ac­cused, there are is­sues of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and we are look­ing for them too,” said Wal­ture.

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