Nangarhar canalisation dept recovers 1,156 acres grabbed land
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Canalisation department officials in eastern Nangarhar province claimed recovery of 1,156 acres grabbed land the belonged to the department since presidential strong orders against land grabbing in the province.
Fifty Two land grabbers had been arrested and referred to the provincial attorney department so far.
Ghulam Haider Hazrat Abdul Rahimzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview efforts to get back the grabbed land had been intensified after the president order provincial government to come hard at land grabber.
He said 25 hectares land in the 15th farm area was grabbed by Umar Farooq and Hamraz companies after it lease period was ended which was 15 years. He said the company illegally distributed plots on the area and constructed homes.
But provincial council members and civil society activists said the government would never be succeeded in getting back the grabbed lands.
Provincial Council Member Israrullah Murad criticised that provincial authorities had failed to recover the grabbed lands and their efforts were nominal.
Earlier, The Canalisation Department Former Head Ziarat Gul Rahil said, its own security apparatus was directly involved in illegal occupation of the department’s land.
He claimed his department’s own security officials had a key role in paving the ground for the department’s land to be grabbed.
The department owns 11,250 hectares of land and so far 2,250 acres of it has been unlawfully grabbed, according to him.
“After long lasting efforts, we have been able to retake 750 acres of the occupied land, but 2250 acres remain occupied,” the official said.
Rahil claimed whenever they had sent the department’s security officials against illegal occupants, the officials reached underhand deals with them instead of driving them from the property.
He said they had time and again complained to the provincial police headquarters and the governor’s house against the activities of the canalisation department’s security officials, but there had been no positive response.
“Firstly, we have a small number of security guards and secondly when we send these guards to prepare cases against land grabbers, they opt to cut deals with them.”
Rahil called the security section bigger threat to the department’s land than the occupants, calling for the guards to be replaced.
However, another official at the department, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the director had a personal grudge against the department’s security officials. However, he did not go into details.
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