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Virbhadra demands probe into activities of land mafia in HP

Last Updated: Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 00:15

Dharamsala: Union Steel Minister Virbhadra
Singh Saturday accused `outsiders` of grabbing land in Himachal
Pradesh and demanded a high-level probe into the activities of
the land mafia in the state.

Alleging that several pieces of land from Kalka to
Narkanda and between Una and Dharamsala had been grabbed by
outsiders, the former chief minister said a high-level inquiry
must immediately be ordered into the clandestine operations of
the land mafia in the state.

Talking to reporters here today Singh said the state
government should be grateful to the Centre for getting
liberal help from it as a special category state and expressed
suspicion that central funds given under the National Highway
Programme was not being used properly.

He said the Ministry of Road Transport has threatened to
take work from state PWD and give the projects to the
National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

On a question regarding the vigilance case against him in
the CD episode, he said former minister Vijay Singh Mankotia,
who had released the CD, was used by Chief Minister Prem Kumar
Dhumal to gain "political weightage".

He categorically said that he had done nothing wrong and
not afraid of any one but some people are still waiting for
his arrest.

He pointed out that previous Dhumal government framed
24 charges against him and none was proved in the CBI inqury.

Refering to the IPL matches played in the state, he said
it is a commercial game now where black money is involved.

In an apparent reference to Dhumal and his son and BJP MP
Anurag Thakur, who is also the chairman of the Himachal
Pradesh Cricket Association, the Congress leader said every
father wants the uplift of his son but it should not be done
at cost of the state.


First Published: Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 00:15
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