Yogi govt frees ‘Baba ki Bagiya’ from encroachment after two decades
Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has freed the ‘Baba ki Bagiya‘, a beautiful 62,000 square-feet garden from encroachment. Flowers were arranged for the Kashi Vishwanath temple till two decades ago, from ‘Baba ki Bagiya’.
This piece of land worth Rs.300 crore in the Mahmoorganj area had been under illegal possession of two mafia brothers, who are the sons of a retired police officer, since 2003. The land mafia had started encroaching on this land in 2003 by constructing a wall.
Owned by a Tamil Nadu-based organization, the land was occupied by the mafia and given for rent to parties. On Thursday, the Varanasi Police Commissionerate freed it from land grabbers who were using this piece of land commercially.
The land is owned by Sri Kasi Nattukkottai Nagara Satram (SKNNS), the Tamil Nadu-based organization working to arrange ‘bhog-prasad’ at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple for 209 years. They cultivated flowers in this piece of land for the daily puja of the deity. The SKNNS has its headquarters in Shivganga and its Varanasi office is located in the Godowlia area. The society of the Chettiar community has a committee to look after the work of SKNNS.
Police Commissioner A Satish Ganesh, said, “The land has a pure atmosphere reverberating with Vedic chants. After years, worship has started in the temple that exists on this land. Now, flowers will bloom soon in this garden to be used at the Kashi Vishwanath temple.”
The SKNNS office-bearers met the police commissioner with a complaint. He said that through an illegal agreement, two persons had encroached on the entire land in the name of purchasing the lodge, which existed in a 4,000 square-feet area, in 2003. Later, they also stopped the entry of SKNNS people by locking the gate.
The Sigra police on May 11 had lodged an FIR against Anand Mohan Yadav a.k.a. Guddu, who had contested the 2017 Assembly elections on an SP ticket from Shivpur seat, and his two brothers Krishna Mohan Yadav and Sanjay Yadav for illegally capturing the land.
They were booked under sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating), 447 (criminal trespass), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (committing forgery for the purpose of cheating), 504 (intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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