Army tries to encroach into civilian land

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Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, July 30:
Army has again come on the lime light for the wrong doings as they again tried to encroach into public land claiming it to be theirs.
With such incident taking at regular intervals in state, in Monday’s incident a group of soldiers from the 119 TA battalion erected a ‘Defence Land’ sign board in a plot of land, which belongs to one Lascretice Lyngdoh at Lawsohtun Block VI, near Government Sericulture Farm.
Speaking to Meghalaya Times, Lyngdoh lamenting the incident said, “It all started on July 11, 2012, when a group of soldiers encroached into my land without my knowledge and threatened my caretaker with dire consequence. Now they have barred all entrances.”
“I have complained to the Defense Estate Officer (DEO) office at Guwahati regarding the matter, and have also submitted a petition to the concerned authority with a copy to DC’s East Khasi Hills district,” Lyngdoh added.
He also informed that on July 25 last at around 5pm an army officer with some soldiers visited the spot and warned the caretaker to vacate the land immediately by any means.
According to Lyngdoh, “The land belongs to me and I have the papers to prove. But whenever I want to show them the paper, the army personnel refuse to see.”
It can be mentioned that the encroached land is about 30,000 square feet.
However, a First Information Report (FIR) has been filed at the Kench’s Trace Police Station.


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