Vijayawada: Land grabbing in Vijayawada has come to the fore again after cases relating to MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao and the SRR College students fighting over a piece of land.
Of late, land dispute cases have increased. The Commissioner of Police's annual report too mentioned the same.
The involvement of corporators, backed by MLAs or ministers, has also become common in the cases. There have been many such cases that occurred in the city.
Freedom fighters' land was grabbed by the closed associates of MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao.
The CID concluded that fake documentation has been done and that the accused involve TD corporator G. Mahesh, P. Mahesh and Maganti Babu.
These persons are close associates of the MLA. Apart from this, 57th division corporator Jagadish has been facing allegations that he has grabbed a piece of land in Singhnagar and a house in Satyanarayanapuram.
The historical college of Andhra Pradesh -- SRR & CVR Government College land has been grabbed by Pedarla Narasimharao in 1960 itself. Recently, with the support of a political leader, they tried to build a structure on the same. However, because of the resistance from students and the management, the attempt has been stalled.
Atluri Suresh and Pravija, who had a problem with minister Devineni's family members, complained to the the police several times.
The dispute is regarding 2 acres at Chevitikallu. An FIR was registered against the minister and his family members as per the directions of the court in Suryaraopeta police station. The complainants are receiving threat calls even now.
This month, the CID announced that a gang has been altering the land documents and creating fake Aadhaar cards and other important ID proofs. The gang has not been caught by the CID yet.
In yet another case, a 1,000 sq.yards land has allotted to the Olympic Association of Krishna district to have their office and others in 2009 by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation. The same land was allotted to construct shops in 2017 by the same Corporation, under the influence of corporators.
Two common things we can see in the cases is political influence, that can control the police, and sluggish functioning of the revenue department.
In 1986, when Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga was killed, subsequently riots broke out in Vijayawada.
During that riots, documents were burnt by the protesters. Taking this as advantage till now, the land mafia has been creating fake documents.
Many of the cases have not been reported to the police station. Settlements are going on unofficially by the politically influenced people keeping law & order aside.