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Posted at: May 26, 2019, 8:34 AM; last updated: May 26, 2019, 8:34 AM (IST)LAND GRABBING CASE

Residents write to CM, seek action against ex- minister, NRI

Avneet Kaur

Jalandhar, May 25

Residents of Sterling Town Villa project, built on the 66-ft road, who earlier alleged that their legally owned land was being grabbed by an NRI, Amritpal Singh, who is a close relative of a former minister, have now approached Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, demanding action against the ex-minister and his relative.

The residents in a mail (the copy of which is in possession with The Tribune) addressed to the CM, have written that on May 15, around 6 pm when the land owners went to their farm houses on the 66-ft road adjoining Hamilton Towers, NRI Amritpal was seen, along with his alleged goons, JCB machine and trolleys, digging the stones laid on the road that leads to their farmhouses. They said he had earlier also uprooted the main gate that was built in front of the road.

In the mail, the residents mentioned that the goons, who were with Amritpal, were private gunmen of the politician who threatened the land owners of their lives and misbehaved with women.

Niti Soni, on behalf of the residents, while talking to The Tribune said: “In 2007, around 12 to 14 residents purchased 22 to 23 acres of land from Amritpal’s attorney Parampreet. We have got all required documents, including the registry, no objection certificate (NoC) approved by PUDA and other legal papers, which clearly state that the land had been approved as the road to our farm houses, and is the property of the 

Sterling Town Villa residents. However, the NRI is illegally trying to grab the land by threatening them.” 

Soni in a mail to the CM alleged that despite having registered a complaint against the goons who accompanied Amritpal on May 15, the district police have not initiated any action against them.

She said: “In a reply from the CMO office, the Chief Minister has ordered Dinkar Gupta, DGP, Punjab, to probe the matter and take immediate action against the guilty.”  

Parminder Singh Bhandal, ADCP, Jalandhar, said the complaints had been registered from both parties and the higher officials were looking into the matter. 


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