Reported by Ajit Dash
Bhubaneswar, Sep 1:
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik may have ordered a Crime Branch probe into the Ghangapatna land scam recently, but he was pretty much aware of the illegalities for at least six years now.
A letter in possession of OST establishes this beyond doubt.
Some residents of Ghangapatna mouza had lodged a complaint with the district collector on October 18, 2008 alleging encroachment of government land in the area.
The then collector had, on the very same day, ordered the Bhubaneswar tehsildar to conduct a probe into the matter. The letter was clearly marked as ‘most urgent’.
Two days later, on October 20, 2008, the same group of villagers lodged a written complaint in the matter with the grievance cell of the chief minister.
Two questions beg answers; 1. What happened to the report submitted by the Bhubaneswar tehsildar as per the orders of the collector? 2. What action did the chief minister take after receiving the written complaint lodged by the villagers with his grievance cell?
“It was only when Ghangapatna scam became a hot issue in the media and the direct involvement of a BJD MP and some ministers was out in the open that the chief minister reacted. But all that he has done is to provide a protective net around his party’s corrupt leaders by ordering a probe by the Crime Branch”, said Dibakar Nayak, state secretary CPI.
BJP leader Sudipta Roy expressed similar view in the matter.
Both the leaders have rejected the idea of a Crime Branch probe and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter.
It is not as if the controversial 100 acres of land in Ghangapatna is the only piece of land encroached upon in the area. Several pieces of land in the mouza has been allegedly encroached upon by some private institutions and builders.
The locals had drawn the attention of the chief minister in the matter in 2010. As it had yielded no results, the villagers had taken to agitation taking note of which the additional district magistrate (ADM) had drawn the attention of the DCP, Bhubaneswar and Executive Engineer, Khordha Minor Irrigation Division urging them to take measures to find an early solution to the problem.
The additional chief secretary had also intervened in the matter ordering the Khordha collector on September 18 last year to file a report within 15 days after conducting a thorough probe. Nobody knows what happened to that report.
The Water Resources department secretary had himself intervened in the case involving illegal construction on land belonging to Kerandia Minor Irrigation project and had written to the police commissioner on August 2010 for a solution to the problem.
All these reports have remained under red tape because of the unholy nexus between corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and police.