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LAND MAFIA SELLS WAKF LANDS, OFFICIALS KEEP MUM

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A piece of prime land owned by the State Wakf Board Haryana, once used by the Muslim community as a graveyard, has been sold off. While the property dealers want to make lots of money, the government officials look the other way. The graveyard of Chand Sarai that had khasra number 4489, which stood in the name of the Wakf Board, was sold off by a local land mafia in connivance with officials, who, despite repeated attempts made by a local lawyer, showed reluctance in taking action against unscrupulous persons. Advocate Mohammad Rafique Chauhan alleged that the RTI queries put up before the Wakf Board seeking details about the land were turned down on the grounds that the Board did not come under the ambit of the RTI. He said that a few years ago, he had fought a court case to get the Chand Sarai fenced to protect it against encroachments. Though, in 2008, the court passed a judgment in his favour, the fencing was never done. Deputy commissioner Neelam Kasni said the chief secretary had ordered vigilance inquiry in the matter.



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