Tarn Taran, September 29
The police and the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat have been at loggerheads over the possession of a building. The decades-old building situated on Muradpur road was used as the SDM Office, but around 45 years ago, the structure was used as a police station.
Eight years ago, the building was declared unsafe by the Public Works Department and city police station was shifted to another building of the Improvement Trust.
The issue flared up after Senior Superintendent of Police Dhruman H Nimbale said the state government had released Rs 2 crore for the reconstruction of police station.
On the contrary, Harcharanjit Kaur, chairperson, zila parishad, claimed that the building in question was the property of the zila parishad.
She said the zila parishad had filed a case in the court of the Collector Land-cum-District Development and Panchayat Officer. Harcharanjit said decision regarding the land measuring 7 kanal, 11 marla and 13 ft went in favour of the zila parishad on September 22, 2017.
She said the tehsildar had given the possession of the said building to them on March 17, 2020 and added that Sohan Lal from the Police Department was also present on the occasion.
The chairperson said a letter was written to the SSP Office by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)-cum-Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2020 to vacate the building, but even after three months, belongings of police personnel had not been removed from the building.
She said the zila parishad has planned to construct a multi-storey shopping complex with an underground parking on the above mentioned site.
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