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'No Man's land' would be protected in Goa by amending law: Sawant

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Panaji, June 27 (Ajit Weekly News) After unearthing the first gang involved in forging documents to grab land, the Goa government has decided to amend the law in forthcoming assembly session to protect the ‘No Man’s Land’.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, after holding a high-level meeting with a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing land grabbing cases in Goa, said that subsequent to the arrest of two government employees in this connection, officials could unearth the modus operandi and bust a gang involved in grabbing ‘No Man’s Land’.

“So far we have found that 92 properties are forged. They changed documents from the archives department and then mutations of property have been done. These properties are ranging from 8,000 square metres to 80,000 square metres,” Sawant said.

He said that the next meeting will be held along with the Archives and Law minister.

“List of these 92 properties along with survey numbers will be sent to both (district) collectors and will be directed not to execute the process of mutation. Nobody should deal in these properties, survey numbers of which will be published soon,” He said.

“Those who have purchased these properties can approach the collector. Original owners of these properties are not in Goa. They (accused persons) have verified it and then forged the documents. We could bust one gang which is involved in forging documents,” he said.

“No Man’s land law will be checked by the concerned department. These lands can come in the possession of the government. Owners and legal heirs then can approach us and we will decide about the procedure (to hand over them back),” Sawant said.

–Ajit Weekly News

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