Police illegally occupies Kisan Bhawan for last 30 years
Batala(Pardeep Luthra) – Batala police had illegally occupied the Kisan Bhawan , which was constructed in the new grain market by the Market committee in 1987. Due to non availability of Kisan Bhawan the farmers were facing many problems during harvesting season of Paddy and wheat and forced to sleep in the open sky.The market committee had constructed the Kisan Bhawan on 11 September 1987 and since then police had captured the Kisan Bhawan during black days of militancy since April 20,1988 following Punjab Government announced three police district Tarn Taran, Majitha and Batala. It is pertinent to mention here that the building was used by Senior Superintendent of police and other police officers as police had established its headquarters in the building .The market Committee had served a number of notices to police to either deposit rent or vacate the Kisan Bhawan but police did not care of such notices. During this period of 30 years the condition of the building went deteriorated as the doors and windows are either broken or damaged by termites and police did not spent any penny to repair the building. The Kisan Bhawan present a shabby look as the buildings’ maintenance is being ignored.During this period of 30 years, the Market Committee had served at least 60 notices to the police to deposit rent or vacate the Kisan Bhawan but market committee received only one reply of the notice that in which written that police had used the Kisan Bhawan in the Public Interest and then why should deposit rent. It is interestingly that Market Committee had evaluate Rs. 16,200 per month rent by the Executive Engineer of Mandi Karan Board Punjab and sent a notice to police to deposit Rs. 57.18,600 for 353 months but police neither deposit rent nor vacate the building till date.Though police had constructed its headquarter in old Sadar police station and Opposite the Bus Bus stand in 2000 and shifted the office of Senior Superintendent of police and other police officers in the new building but did not vacate the Kisan Bhawan. Now police was running its CIA staff in the Kisan Bhawan. The market committee had served a fresh notice to the police on September,13,2017 asking the police to either deposit whole rent of Rs. 57,18,600`or vacate the building but in vein.Kulwant Singh ,Secretary Market Committee had threatened to take strict action against the police, if the police did not deposit the rent and vacate the Kisan Bhawan. He said that market committee will initiate legal action against the police and whole case has been sent to the Mandi Karan Board Punjab for further action. When contact the Senior Superintendent of Police Batala Upinderjit Singh Ghumman said that he was not aware about the Building of Kisan Bhawan of Market Committee was occupied illegally. He said that he would look in the matter and would take necessary action in this regard.
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