Land grab: SIT gathers details from MLA

July 29, 2017 11:22 pm | Updated 11:22 pm IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the alleged land scam in Visakhapatnam, has taken up the complaint filed by BJP MLA P.Vishnu Kumar Raju, on a land grab issue in Madhavadhara area.

Mr. Vishnu Kumar Raju, had filed a complaint that one S. Sitaram had forcibly grabbed about 7.08 acres in Madhavadhara under Ward no. 39.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Vishnu Kumar Raju said 2 acres of the land was handed over to one Gokaraju Gopal Rao in 1975 under ryotwari patta under survey number 13/1 in 1975 and another 3 acres was handed over to K. Ammanamma and K. Narasamma under survey number 13/2 in the same year. The remaining 2.08 acres had been earmarked as government land under survey number 13/3.

“Mr. Sitaram not only grabbed the land belonging to two private parties, but also the government land and had gone to the extent of selling 97 sy yds of government land to one VVV Satya Prasad through an unregistered sale deed. This was brought earlier to the notice of officials concerned in the revenue department, but they did not react to it. But SIT has reacted and the officials had approached me for more details,” he said.

The MLA further added that the land grabber had even approached the High Court filing a case against the government in 2003, to which the officials did not even deem it fit to file a counter. “This clearly shows the lackadaisical attitude of the concerned government officials and also hints towards their connivance,” he said.

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