Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Mysore district committee, staged a protest in Mysore on Monday urging the State government to order a probe into land deals involving more than 2,000 acres in and around Chamundi Hills.
The 1951 agreement between the erstwhile Mysore royal family and the Government of India should be scrapped as the land in contention belonged to the State, they said.
‘Issue title deeds’
The protesters criticised the district administration for remaining “silent” on issuing title deeds to farmers who had been cultivating ‘bagair hukum’, ‘gomala’, ‘gundutopu’, forest and revenue land for over 40 years. They demanded that the government initiate the process of issuing title deeds.
The land mafia had entered politics in the district and had a hand in the distribution of sites by the Mysore Urban Development Authority, they charged. The CID probe ordered by the government was dismissed as “eyewash”.
The workers drew the attention of the government to “large-scale irregularities” in land purchase by the Karnataka Housing Board for developing a housing complex at Gungaral Chatra area and surrounding villages in Mysore taluk. This case too should be handed over to the CBI or the Lokayukta, they demanded.
(Courtesy : The Hindu)