Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jajpur, Sept 27:
In a significant development in the much-talked-about rampant encroachment of government land in the Dharmasala tehsil in Odisha’s Jajpur district, eight encroachers surrendered before the court on Friday, after the government took possession of 75 acres of encroached land in the first phase.
According to reports, Bayadhara Sahu, a close associate of former Panchayati Raj minister and present BJD Rajya Sabha member Kalpataru Das, his brother Arjun Sahu, Duryodhan Sahu and Laxman Sahu, nephew Abhimanyu Sahu, driver Prafulla Samal and friend Prafulla Pradhan surrendered before the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) on Friday.
The court later released all of them on advance bail with a surety bond of Rs 20,000 each.
It may be mentioned that the additional chief secretary, Revenue, Taradutt, during his surprise tour to Jajpur district on September 21 this year, had found rampant encroachment of hundreds of acres of government land in Dharmasala tehsil and directed the Dharmasala tehsildar Ranjan Kumar Jena to take possession of the land with immediate effect while initiating action against the encroachers.
Later, the tehsildar, on the basis of the report of Revenue Inspector Bira Kishore Maharana, had lodged an FIR against eight encroachers in the Jenapur police station on September 21.
Acting on the complaint, police later registered a case against these encroachers.
Fearing arrest, these eight encroachers surrendered to the JMFC court on Friday and were later released on bail.
Meanwhile, the RI of Balarampur-II revenue circle has demarcated the recovered government land by posting red flags and boards in Anjira and Chakradharpur Mouzas.
Apart from this, houses built on these encroached lands have been demolished by the order of Dharmasala tehsildar.