LIT secures possession of prime land in city

Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 9

Officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), accompanied by police force, today secured possession of around two acres of prime land adjoining to the primary school site in Model Town Extension, Part-I. Jhuggis and other structures were removed from the site without any resistance.

The LIT Chairman, Ram Balasubramanium, who was present at the site, said certain persons had claimed that a part of this piece of land was their ancestral property and they wanted some sort of rehabilitation by way of allotment of alternative plots under the ‘locally displaced persons’ (LDP) category.

He said an assurance has been given to these persons to present relevant documents to establish ownership of the land and if their claims were genuine, the Trust would seek approval from the state government for allotment of alternative sites to them.

Unlike what had happened on June 30 during the drive by LIT to clear this encroachment, the jhuggis and other structures were removed without any resistance from any quarter. On the earlier occasion, a few unlawful occupants had scuffled with the LIT officials and amidst the ruckus, the team had to return empty-handed.

Later, a police complaint was lodged by LIT against the miscreants and a case was registered against around six persons for assault, preventing public servants from performing their duty and resorting to violence. As the police had failed to arrest these persons, the LIT staff had held protests and observed strike against denial of justice.

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