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Noose Tightens Further Around Eatala!

Noose Tightens Further Around Eatala!

Senior Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader Eatala Rajender, who was sacked from the cabinet of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday night following the report of the Medak district collector over alleged encroachment of assigned lands for his poultry farms, landed in further trouble on Monday.

Even before Eatala recovered from the shock, the KCR government ordered a comprehensive probe into the alleged encroachments of temple lands at Devarayamjal village of Shamirpet mandal in Medchal-Malkajgiri district.

According to the government order issued on Monday, chief secretary Somesh Kumar said the government had received several complaints about large scale encroachments and illegal transactions of lands belonging to Sri Seetha Rama Swamy temple located at Devarayamjal. 

He said the endowments department is claiming that an extent of 1521 acres belonging to the said temple have been encroached, allegedly by Etala Rajender and few other individuals. It is reported that these individuals have unlawfully occupied large extents of the temple lands in their own names as well as in benami names. 

It is reported that the value of the land encroached is more than Rs 1000 crore and the temple has been defrauded of such high value properties.

It has also been reported that large constructions have been made on these lands without any valid permissions and in flagrant violation of several laws. 

“Besides gravely hurting the sentiments of the devotees and the donors, it is alleged that these actions constitute grave violations of several laws in force,” the GO said.

Somesh Kumar said the government ordered a detailed inquiry into the issue by a committee of officials comprising panchayat raj commissioner M Raghunanandan Rao, Nalgonda collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil, Mancherial collector Bharati Holikari and Medchal-Malkajgiri collector Swetha Mohanty.

The committee has been asked to conduct a detailed enquiry and submit a report on the details of encroachers and the landed encroached upon; the nature of encroachment and present usage; details of documents possessed by the encroachers, violation of existing government regulations etc.

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