Khaunte calls for SIT investigation into land grabbing cases | Goa News

Panaji: Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte has demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be formed to book and investigate all cases of land grabbing in the state.
“Where there is direct connivance of the department in the felling of the hills, then allegations (are made) against the MP that he is involved in the felling of the hills,” Khaunte said. “I heard this allegation during muster time. I asked the Chief Minister to form an SIT and that all cases of land grabbing be accounted for. »
The MP for Porvorim said “enough is enough” and that it is necessary to form the SIT because of “the way people are involved in deforestation, illegal taking of land, transfer of illegal properties after the death of the owner”.
The Minister of Tourism indicated that he would immediately propose a note to constitute the SIT. Khaunte said there were more than two cartels operating in the state. “I will reveal the names (to the CM) of the people who operate the cartels involving land grabbing,” Khaunte said.
He also said the time had come to secure the “right of our people to their property”.
Goa Police data reveals that there are 128 recorded cases of land scams in the state over the past 10 years, and more than half of them – 73 – are in Porvorim and Mapusa in Bard taluka. On average, 10 cases of land scams are reported each year across the state.
A senior police officer said most landlords are unaware that their properties have been sold or property names have changed. He did not rule out the possibility of a syndicate operating in the state seizing land from those who do not live in the state.
“Citizens who have settled abroad and have unguarded properties in Goa are on the radar of this organized syndicate which specializes in ancestral property grabbing,” a senior police officer said.
In most cases, the defendants identify the land and create false title deeds. The property is then sold to a colleague of the accused before finally being sold to a third party. Police said some people were able to halt the transaction when they read notices in local newspapers of people claiming the property.
The officer said that in addition to the criminal complaints, there were also civil lawsuits pending in the courts in fictitious ownership cases.
In many cases, the true owner of the property learns that it is being sold when non-state buyers begin construction on the land or when renovations are initiated.
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