Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta on Monday demanded an enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the widespread illegal sale of land around unauthorised colonies in Delhi through which a large number of poor and illiterate people had been cheated of their hard earned money by the land mafia.

Accusing the Revenue Department of Delhi Government, powerful politicians and unscrupulous police personnel of being involved in this scam, Mr. Gupta said what lends credence to this allegation is that vast tracts of government land were left unprotected, the land mafia repeatedly tried to grab these and the police refused to register FIRs in these cases.

“The areas adjoining the urbanised pockets of the rural areas and the unauthorised colonies that are proposed to be regularised have became personal estates of unscrupulous social elements and land mafia who are backed by the administration and the police,” the BJP leader charged at a press conference.

Holding the Revenue Department “equally responsible,” he said, “it appears it was hand-in-glove with the land mafia as the concrete structures demolished on these plots came up again and again and this would not have been possible without the knowledge of the department, particularly since the construction of concrete structures is not an overnight job.”

Claiming that most of the people who have lost money to the land mafia are migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the BJP leader blamed the flawed policies of Delhi Government for the situation. He also accused the Delhi Government of failing to regularise even those 1217 unauthorised colonies, out of a total of 1,639, which had been issued provisional certificates in 2008.

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