Tension in Moga as clash erupts over land possession

Tension in Moga as clash erupts over land possession

Minority community demands legal action against tehsildar

Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service
Moga, July 24

The situation remained tense in Moga after the “land mafia” forcibly tried to take possession of a prime land, owned by a religious trust of the Christian community, allegedly with the help of goons past midnight. Two schools are being run on this land. However, the community members, who gathered on the spot, foiled the attempt.

Meanwhile, Saint Thomas School remained closed on Wednesday affecting the 100-odd students studying there.

There were also reports of clash between the two groups in which many vehicles were damaged, but no one was reported injured, local officials confirmed.

An unidentified man from the “land mafia” group also opened fire into the air.

The district administration has deployed a police party on the spot to prevent any untoward situation.

Over 100 people, mostly hailing from Ferozepur district, brought bricks and other construction material on tractor-trailers, late last night. They entered the school premises and tried to construct walls.

When the Christians came to know about it, they sounded the alarm bell in the nearby church, following which hundreds of community members gathered on the spot. After a minor clash, the goons fled the spot.

Some community members alleged that the local police from the City-I police station initially helped the land mafia to take possession of the controversial land. They did not help the minority community until the incident was reported to the higher authorities.

Community leader Joseph Masih has demanded from the state government to order a status quo on the land and take appropriate legal action against the local officials of the Revenue Department and all those who got the controversial land registered in their names by “forging” documents.

“The court has already ordered status quo on the disputed land, then how the tehsildar executed registrations and mutations in the names of individuals knowing that this land belongs to the religious trust of a minority community,” Joseph questioned.

Moga DSP (city) Paramjit Singh Sandhu said the police had registered a criminal case under various sections of the IPC against all those who intruded into the school premises to take possession of the land.

“I have deployed a police party on the spot and the situation is under control so far,” he added.

District Magistrate Sandeep Hans had also asked the District Revenue Officer to conduct a thorough inquiry and submit a report to his office at the earliest for further action.

The land belongs to a trust of the United Church of North India whose head Prem Masih based at Mumbai has also alleged that the church land, meant for education purposes, has been fraudulently sold to six influential persons of the region by forging the documents.

SAD demands case against Congressmen 

The SAD on Wednesday demanded immediate registration of a criminal case and arrest of all Congressmen, who had “fraudulently” purchased land belonging to a church trust. Former minister Jathedar Tota Singh said a criminal case should also be registered against the revenue officials, including the Moga tehsildar, who had done the registries pertaining to the sale and even registered the names of new owners in the “inteqal” proceedings. He added that a SIT inquiry should be conducted to expose all Congress leaders as well as their front. TNS


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