The Supreme Court has ordered Moga Deputy Commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind to get 208 acres of "common land", worth Rs 50 crore, vacated within three months in Saleena village of the district.
The orders came after a resident of the village, Ajay Sood, filed a special petition in the Supreme Court last year, demanding that the land be vacated from the possession of alleged encroachers.
According to the records of the revenue department, the 208 acres of land was allegedly encroached by influential families of the village. While 108 acres of this land comprised "charand" or common grazing land for cattle — belonging to the whole village — the land was under illegal possession for several years now. The rest of the land was under "individual possession".
Earlier, the village panchayat had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard but had lost the case. "This is a historic decision and has set an example for the whole nation, urging people to raise voice against illegal encroachment and to get common land vacated for community welfare," Ajay Sood said.
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