Sunday, November 18, 2012

Police launch offensive against land mafia in Bidar

Special cell registers cases against councillor and his associates

The special cell of the Bidar police has initiated measures to control the slowly growing land mafia here and in surrounding areas.

As a first step, it has registered two cases of encroachment and intimidation against Ravi Swamy, a member of the Bidar City Municipal Council, who is accused of murdering Rohan Patil, the former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s city unit.

It has also filed criminal cases against a retired tahsildar and a few Revenue Department officials on charges of fabricating government documents and cheating.

“While investigating Patil’s murder, we realised that the growing clout of the land mafia was leading to criminal activities in the district. That is why we set up this special cell with assistance from the Revenue Department. We are not only registering cases, but also evicting encroachers,” N. Satish Kumar, Superintendent of Police told The Hindu .


According to a complaint by Samuel Dhanaraj, a resident of Bidar, a group led by Ravi Swamy had tried to grab land from his father, Subhash, who had mental disabilities. The complainant alleged that the councillor had tried to encroach on 18 acres at Halladkeri on the outskirts of Bidar, valued at around Rs. 18 crore, by bribing personnel in the Revenue Department and sub-registrar offices.

“They threatened our family members and conspired against us,” Mr. Dhanaraj said in his complaint. He also complained that the sub-registrar’s office had registered the land despite an order by a civil court against the move.

The police have registered cases against Ravi Swamy and Rajaram, both members of the Bidar CMC and their associates Sanjivkumar Mahantayya Swamy, Prahlad Archa, Avinash, Chandrashekar, Veershetty Patil, Santosh Shivalingappa Talampalli, Neelesh Nandakumar Sindhol and Sumit Basavaraj Sindhol. Cases have been registered at the Gandhi Gunj police station.

In another case, Basavaraj Shankarappa Malage has complained that Ravi Swamy and his associates tried to grab his ancestral property by fudging documents. The councillor and others created a fake will of his deceased father and tried to encroach about 4 acres on the out-skirts of Bidar, valued at around Rs. 3 crore, the complaint said.

He also said that the then tahsildar Jagannath Sirse, the revenue inspector and village accountant had connived with the encroachers. The complainant said that the Assistant Commissioner had found the transfer of land illegal and cancelled it.

The police have registered criminal cases against Ravi Swamy and his associates Santosh Swamy, Asha Rani, Suresh Sidramappa, Bheemanna Itagi, retired tahsildar Jagannath Sirse, the revenue inspector and the village accountant.

“We have also registered a few other cases based on complaints against Ravi Swamy and his associates,” Mr. Kumar said.
Ravi Swamy is also accused of murdering Rohan Patil, former president of BJP city unit
‘The growing clout of land mafia is leading to criminal activities in the district’