YSRCP demands CBI probe into Vizag land scam

Hyderabad, June 13: Demanding a CBI probe into the multi-crore land scam in Visakhapatnam district, YSR Congress has said that it would continue its fight against the land mafia and intensify the agitation by organising a Maha Dharna to mobilise public opinion against the Government which is indifferent towards the issue.

Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday party senior leader Botsa Satyanarayana said, ' the state has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the scam and submit its report to the cabinet sub-committee and this exercise is nothing but an eye wash.

A state-level agency cannot bring out the true facts on the multi-crore scam as Ministers, MLAs, ruling party leaders, their kin along with officials are involved in the scam with the blessings of party leadership. We have raised the issue and will intensify the agitation as the land records are being manipulated and people in power are grabbing large extent of land in nearly 32 villages and the surrounding mandals of Gopalapatnam, Madhurawada, Bhimili, Gajuwaka and other peripheries,' he said.

It is sad to note that BJP MP Hari Babu is silent on the issue and local MLA Vishunkumar Raju also of BJP is silent over the land scam.

The Collector himself has agreed that some records had gone missing and the state has said that 300 acres of land was grabbed and ordered a SIT to probe into the irregularities. However, the extent of land runs into  a much larger number and nearly 40 Registers had just vanished from the Revenue Department, he said.

 We will intensify our agitation to set the record straight and will hold a Maha Dharna in Visakhapatnam to create awareness among the people about the land mafia that has been actively grabbing land in Visakhapatnam and capital area region, he said.

 On the plying of illegal plying of buses, he said the state has been shielding the party leaders who are running buses registered in Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Pondicherry and other places though the registration was cancelled at the cost of state-owned RTC, he said.

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