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Uttar Pradesh land mafia to be booked under Gangster Act

Yogi Adityanath takes the oath as Uttar Pradesh chief minister during a swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow on March 19. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India Jun 12, 2017, 10.39 AM (IST)

As a part of its drive to tackle land mafia, the Uttar Pradesh government said Monday that it will start booking them under the Gangster Act. 

Teams jointly led by the District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) will act on all reports of corruption that they receive.

In April, the Yogi Adityanath-led government had approved the setting up of an anti-land mafia task force in a bid to free state-owned land from illegal occupants.

The state cabinet had taken the decision that encroached land would be identified within two months by the district-level task force, which was also told to prepare a list of all land grabbers in the state in order to rein in the land mafia. 

State Power minister Srikant Sharma was quoted as saying no grabbing of public land will be permitted  in the name of religion and that anybody whose land had been encroached upon could lodge a complaint at a police station.

He had also said that the government has also decided to develop a portal for lodging complaints to put an end to land grabbing.

(WION Web Team)

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