Chhoti Badi Naggal residents protest govt action of 'freeing' 2,828 acres of land; show documents claiming land ownership since British times
Mohali, August 1
Led by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), a large number of Chhoti Badi Naggal residents today staged a protest against the government for freeing 2,828 acres of land, claiming it to be encroached upon by influential owners.
The residents showed documents claiming it to be their land since the British times and said they would launch an agitation if the government went ahead with the plan.
SAD leaders assured the farmers of the Majri block that the party would not allow them to be dispossessed of their land unlawfully by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and would extend all help to them, including legal.
Senior party leader Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, who interacted with farmers at Chhoti Badi Naggal village where they complained that the government had taken over 2,828 acres of land without giving them any notice or conducting any legal proceedings, said the government should shun such cheap politics. Instead, it should take action against those who had gobbled government land worth hundreds of crores.
“The government should take action against former minister Balbir Sidhu who has taken over 11 acres of prime land in Mohali by creating a fake trust as well as Lovely University, which has usurped panchayat land,” he said.
Prof Chandumajra said there was clear proof that the land in question belonged to farmers with many owning it for generations while others had purchased it through registered deeds.
“The farmers have got ownership rights over this land through relevant courts and dispossessing them by passing partisan orders is illegal and is liable to be struck down by the courts,” he said.
Prof Chandumajra said he had offered legal as well as any kind of help to the affected farmers for the injustice done to them. The SAD leader also asked the AAP government and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann not to resort to cheap headlines, instead resolve the real issues of Punjab.
Asserting that no takeover of private land was possible without following proper procedure, Prof Chandumajra assured the affected farmers that they would not be dispossessed of their land.