GUWAHATI, Aug 29 - The State Chief Information Commissioner HS Das has directed the Commissioner of Police, Guwahati, to make public the details of the land-grabbing cases reported in the police stations across the city.
�The Assam Information Commission has been receiving several RTI queries, especially in Guwahati, with allegations of involvement of government functionaries, including revenue officials and police. With a view to informing the public about the status of implementation of the Assam Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 2010, the State Chief Information Commissioner HS Das has directed the Commissioner of Police, Guwahati, to provide within 30 days through their website, the details of total number of land grabbing cases reported in different thanas of the city,� an official statement from the CIC's office said.
The Commissioner has been directed to make public the number of police cases registered, the number of cases presently under investigation, the number of cases referred to the Special Tribunal set up for the purpose, the number of cases disposed of by Special Tribunal showing the number of acquittals and the number of convictions since coming into force of the Assam Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 2010.
The Commission has decided to review action taken by the Commissionerate of Police, Guwahati, again on September 10 next.
Sources said that there are over 200 cases of land grabbing registered in various police stations of the city.
The Basistha Police Station, with over 150 cases, is reported to have registered the maximum number of cases. Some of the cases are pending for more than 10 to 15 years, with police failing to make any progress for reasons best known to them.
Most of the cases are identical when it comes to the modus operandi.
�We have hundreds of complaints regarding land grabbing in the city. But, in most cases, we have seen that the settlers have the necessary land documents, pointing at a thriving nexus in the Sub Registrar's office and revenue officials,� a city police official said.
The role of revenue officials are also under the scanner in many of these cases, with police facing allegations of dragging its feet to take the cases to their logical conclusion.