Anti-encroachment drive goof-up spells trouble for RWA member
Anti-encroachment drive goof-up spells trouble for RWA member
Ramesh Kumar
Anti-encroachment drive goof-up spells trouble for RWA member A piece of land in Sector 44, Noida, where the drive was carried
Photo: Samrat Roy

Anti-encroachment drive goof-up spells trouble for RWA member

The demolition of some huts during an anti-encroachment drive by Noida Authority in Sector 44 has created trouble for an office bearer of Kartik Kunj Apartments, a residential society in the sector.

The office-bearer, who does not wish to be named, alleged that she was threatened with dire consequences for no fault of hers.

The Authority on May 7 had carried the anti-encroachment drive for several hours on disputed lands with plot numbers 273 and 274. Some farmers came forward with copy of documents claiming that the piece of land was theirs. The drive was halted after that.

According to the office bearer, unidentified locals threatened to throw kerosene on her and burn her alive. They threatened that if they manage to identify her family members, they would pelt stones on their cars.

She said, “It is the fault of officers as they did not check the status of the pieces of land in question and came with personnel and bulldozers to bring down the structures. Residents of the society were complaining of unhygienic conditions and foul smell coming from the land in question. The RWA had made a complaint with the Authority as the issue had lasted for a decade.”

Following the threat, the RWA gave a written complaint to Love Kumar, SSP of Gautam Budh Nagar, against unidentified villagers of Chhalera village on May 7. A copy of the complaint was sent to Dinesh Yadav, SP city, and also to Sector 39 police station under which the area falls.  

The letter states that after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the officers concerned to remove unauthorised constructions and encroachments on government lands in the state, the RWA approached Noida Authority for removal of encroachment from a piece of disputed land, which was outside the society.  

When City Spidey spoke to BM Pokhriyal, project engineer with the Authority, who led the anti-encroachment drive, he said that the huts were demolished as it wasn't clear to him if the plot was different from the ones in question. He said that he would consult the legal cell of the Authority for further course of action.

Saumya Srivastava, deputy CEO of Noida Authority, told City Spidey, "The drive has been halted as the farmers have been called for producing documents supporting their claim on the land before the Tahsildar concerned. If they produce a valid document, we won't be touching their piece of land."

According to an order by the Allahabad High Court, the chief secretary of UP (industry) was assigned to clear the issues of the land in question. But the issue is yet to be resolved.

Srivastava also said that the farmers were required to file an application with the chief secretary for clearing the issue. But as the farmers had failed to do so, the officers had consulted the legal cell of the Authority, which said that action against encroachment on the lands in question can be taken.