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Govt to take over land encroached by Sura Baba’s ashram

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 8:

The Odisha government will soon take possession of the encroached government land within the Trahi Achyuta ashram at Jhinti on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, said an official of the Revenue department on Monday.

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“The department will soon reclaim 500 decimals of government land within the Trahi Achyuta ashram. Constructions, if any, done on it will be demolished.  We had served notice to the ashram authorities to file their reply by September 7 on the land grab case against them. They have failed to file their reply,” said Balianta tehsildar.

Surendranath Mishra alias Sura Baba, head of the ashram had not appeared in person before the Balianta tehsildar court in the land grabbing case against the ashram on August 29.

The ashram’s counsel Manmohan Patnaik, who represented Mishra, had prayed for 15 days time to reply to the show cause notice served on the ashram.

However, the tehsildar had directed the ashram authorities to file a reply on September 7, failing which appropriate action will be initiated to free the land of encroachment.

It may be recalled here that Baliant tehsildar had issued a show-cause notice to Surendranath Mishra on August 27 asking him why he should not be evicted from the government land he has encroached on.

It is not as if the tehsil office was not aware of the encroachment. It had registered a case against the ashram in 2010, but mysteriously did not take any steps for eviction.

The Balianta tehsildar had directed the concerned Revenue Inspector (RI) to probe into the land encroached by the ashram authorities and submit a report after a series of reports in leading Odia daily ‘Sambad’ about the shady activities in the ashram.