Revenue officials protest 'bullying' by builder, seek police protection

Builder Yusuf Shariff 'abused' Bengaluru South AC Nagaraj

Revenue officials protest 'bullying' by builder, seek police protection

Senior revenue officials in Bengaluru Urban district on Friday staged a demonstration against threats they are said to have been receiving for clearing encroachments on public property. 

The protest came in the backdrop of the “ill treatment” meted out to the Bengaluru South Sub-Division assistant commissioner by a developer. It is learnt that Yusuf Shariff, owner of Umrah Builders, “abused” the assistant commissioner of Bengaluru South sub-division L C Nagaraj on Thursday and warned him of “dire consequences” if he didn’t clear his project and sign on the field visit report of the property in Anekal he wanted to purchase. 

As per Section 109 of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, the assistant commissioner should make a field visit before the registration of the property to verify the type of land. 

The developer wanted the officer to sign on the field visit report based on the photographs of the land he had brought along. The official refused to do so and insisted upon the field visit since Anekal has earned notoriety for grabbing public land. Referring to his political clout, the developer is learnt to have warned him of dire consequences. 

M Vijay Kumar, president of the Revenue Officers’ Association and a deputy tahsildar in the Bengaluru Rural deputy commissioner’s office, said the developer showed that he wanted to buy two acres and 20 guntas of land in survey number 36, 37 and 39/1P of Kalkere village in Jigani hobli of Anekal taluk. 

The assistant commissioner has lodged a complaint at the Halasuru Gate police station. Shariff too has lodged a complaint at the Halasuru Gate police station, alleging “ill treatment” to him and his wife at the assistant commissioner’s office. A senior police officer said, “Both the complaints are being investigated and the parties involved will be questioned.”
 Protection sought 

Meanwhile, revenue officials said that they had been working “in a very hostile atmosphere.” Vijay Kumar said that the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) as well as the Bengaluru City police were aware of the threat but there was lack of proper protection to the officers. 

An officer said, “Most of these developers have strong political backing and on many occasions there are investments by the political bigwigs, who pose many hurdles and abuse us whenever action is taken as per rules.” 

The officer said they faced a tough challenge while reclaiming public land in Hommadevanahalli in Anekal Taluk, Arekere, Chikka Kallasandra and Ittamadu in Uttarahalli hobli. The officers called off their protest after Deputy Commissioner V Shankar assured that he would ensure proper police protection and speak to the commissioner of Bengaluru police. 

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