Tribune News Service
Amritsar, May 31
Residents of Talwandi village in Tarsikka block have filed a complaint against the sarpanch for allegedly occupying the land of panchayat ghar for the past many years with the BDPO.
The residents alleged that the sarpanch is using the nine marlas of land earmarked for the panchayat ghar as his personal property.
They said the sarpanch had also illegally constructed a shed on the land.
“We had filed a complaint against sarpanch Daljit Singh around five years ago when he had started the construction. But at that time, the Panchayat Department did not pay any heed due to political pressure,” said Bikramjit Singh, a resident of the village.
Another resident Kuldeep Singh said they had decided to take up the matter again with the Panchayat Department after change of guard in the state.
He said the land should be available for the common use of villagers not for any individual’s use.
Jarmanjit Singh Bath of Joint Platform of Mass Organisations, who is taking up the matter with senior officials, said, “Today along with village residents, we met the BDPO. We have submitted revenue documents which clearly show that the said land is panchayat land.”
Bath said BDPO Shamsher Singh had assured them that a team would be sent soon to verify the claims and if the complaint was true, the land would be vacated.
He said that the Panchayat Department should get an FIR registered against the sarpanch for ‘illegally occupying’ the land.
Sarpanch Daljit Singh said, “The said land is owned by an NRI family and is not panchayat land. The family has allowed me to use it.”
“The department should conduct an enquiry into the matter to find the truth as the complainants are harassing me by filling fabricated complaints,” he added.