Police Commissioner orders probe into spurt in instances
Exorbitant hike in land prices cited as the reasonPolice take serious view of a recent incident
VISAKHAPATNAM: Police Commissioner V.S.K. Kaumudi on Monday ordered an inquiry to check the increasing instances of land-grabbing in the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.
There is a spurt in the number of land-grabbing cases and related crimes in view of the exorbitant hike in land prices as a result of the city graduating into Greater Visakha.
The police had to intervene to refrain a litigant from going ahead with construction.
A private security agency and a person, said to be the friend of an MLA, claimed a 6,000 square yard site near Peda Waltair.
The litigants went to court.
The District Court ordered maintenance of status quo on the site pending disposal of the case on October 18.
Around 3.30 a.m. on Monday, a representative of the security agency noticed that the opposite party had procured a lorry-load of bricks with the objective of starting the construction in violation of the court orders.
He telephoned the police and the accused was stopped from taking up any construction activity on the disputed site.
The Police Commissioner took a serious note of the issue as the accused had not only violated the court order but had also taken up construction activity at odd hours in the city without permission.
Mr. Kaumudi directed Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police P. Rama Rao to conduct an inquiry and submit a report on land-grabbers in the city and whether there were any rowdy sheets against them.