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Updated: March 29, 2012 08:29 IST

Land-grabbers occupy 2,500 acres of forest land

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C.P. Yogeshwar, Minister for Forests. File photo
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C.P. Yogeshwar, Minister for Forests. File photo

600 persons, institutions named; land worth Rs. 7,000 crore

In a startling disclosure, Forest Minister C.P. Yogeshwar on Wednesday told the Legislative Council that 2,482.20 acres of forest land around Bangalore had been encroached upon by 600 individuals and institutions.

Replying to Basavaraj Horatti (Janata Dal-S) and K.C. Kondaiah (Congress) during question hour, the Minister said the total value of the encroached land was estimated to be around Rs. 7,000 crore.

The encroachment in Bangalore Urban district was 1,338.20 acres while 1,144 acres had been encroached upon in Bangalore Rural district. Giving a break-up of encroachments, the Minister said 569.28 acres of forest land coming under K.R. Puram Forest Zone had been encroached upon, while it was 401.10 acres in Bangalore South Zone.

The encroachments in other zones are: Anekal 322.18 acres, Bangalore North 37.33 acres, Yelahanka 6.24 acres, Doddaballapur 373.17 acres, Devanahalli 146.05 acres, Nelamangala 431.17 acres and Hoskote 193.16 acres.

He said the Forest Department had initiated a legal process to recover the land.

Replying to an issue raised in zero hour by Veeranna Matikatti (Congress), the Minister said 4,000 hectares of forest cover had been destroyed in recent fires. This included 1,960 hectares in Nagarahole, 972 hectares in Bandipura, 240 hectares in Biligiri Rangana Hills and 200 hectares in Shettyhalli zone.

Blaming vested interests for the forest fires, the Minister said forest offence cases had been filed against them. Recently, a four-member group had been arrested while allegedly trying to set fire in HD Kote forest division and cases had been filed against them.

Software installed

Mr. Yogeshwar reiterated that the department had installed Active Forest Fire Mapper software that would send immediate alerts to ground-level forest officials on fire incidents through satellite-linked information system.

We People of Karnataka hope the Government take Tough action against Bangalore Land Mafia Frauds who Loots Private property in Bangalore with the help of Corrupt SUB-Registrar. Are cops shielding former top cop? By: Imran Gowhar Although the case was registered against Ramamurthy at Kothanur police station on April 18, police officer claims he has been given a clean chit a couple of months ago Former IPS officer and retired ACP (Traffic) K C Ramamurthy has been accused of grabbing about 1-acre of prime land worth Rs 300 crore by using forged documents. Former IPS officer K C Ramamurthy is the chairman of CMR Group of Institution The matter pertains to a complaint filed by Rajappa (57), a native of Bidarahalli, who accused the ex-top cop and his relatives of grabbing 21 guntas of agricultural land in Bilishivale in Bangalore east and selling it to property developer Joseph Chacko on August 18, 2008. Rajappa alleged that after completing the formalities, Chacko - who is also facing land-grabbing charges in several police stations - converted it into non-agricultural land with the Zilla Panchayat's permission, and subsequently sold it several customers. Fraud unfolds In January 2010, the owner of one such site informed Chacko that a group of people were attempting to fence the area, claiming that the land belonged to them. When he approached Rajappa for clarification, the latter approached the jurisdictional sub-registrar to check the encumbrance certificate. Shocking discovery "I was shocked to see that the certificate shows a sale deed was executed by me in favour of one Srinivas, and that I had issued a general power of attorney. The irony is that neither do I know Srinivas, nor have I sold my land. The sale deed and my signature have been forged," Rajappa claimed. On further verification, Rajappa found that Srinivas along with Haroon and Ramamurthy's relatives had allegedly procured fake documents and forged signatures to grab the land. "They have done this on the behest of Ramamurthy, who was the then additional commissioner of police of Bangalore city," Rajappa alleged. Police unaware? The police however, claimed that they were unaware of any complaint being filed in this regard. Deputy Commissioner of Police (north-east zone) Ravikanthe Gowda, feigning ignorance, said, "No complaint has been filed in this regard. As far as I remember, there were allegations a few months back, and we have investigated and filed a B (not guilty) report." It must be noted that the case was registered against Ramamurthy at Kothanur police station only on April 18. Meanwhile, Kothanur Police Inspector C Balakrishna, who is handling the case, said, "We are conducting an enquiry. Ramamurthy has been booked under Section 420, 468, 471," said

from:  somu
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 18:06 IST

In a dry area like Bellary where forest is really not a forest or Hospet with same conditions the environmentalist made so much of noise with the result nearly a lakh are jobless Where are they now ?Why they do not file PIL over such encroachments? Encroachments of tanks , lakes and forest in and around bangalore has made it the costliest as you cannot without A/c, water shortage etc Let them wake up and react

from:  salam
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 14:30 IST
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