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Evicted denies ‘encroacher’ charge
Published on 1 Jun. 2009 12:15 AM IST
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Reacting to the Kohima district administration identifying her as an encroacher upon government land (ADC (Judicial) quarter at Upper Chandmari, Kohima) and subsequently evicting her out of the government allotted quarter as reported in the local dailies on May 29, the evicted victim, an LDA in office of the Engineer-in-chief, PWD (Housing) said it was a “total barefaced lie” as she was not the proprietor of the building nor was she building it. Rather, she has accused the administration of being acting in a partisan manner. The LDA, Zakivole in a press statement said her name being drawn into the issue might have been an attempt to malign her to cover up an “error of decision” and a partisan act on the part of Kohima district administration. The victim has also demanded the official who provided the report to tender public apology for “telling a different lie to cover up another disgrace decision.” Failing to do so, she has threatened to take up legal action against the official concerned for defamation and other relevant irreparable damages caused. She also expressed resentment against the media for not bothering to ask her side of the story before publication. Furnishing various documents in connection with the quarter which she was occupying, the victim said that the state PWD (Housing) department allotted her the government quarter no. CH/PWD/65 (Type-III) in June 2007 and that she had spent “huge money” for its renovation. She pointed out that the quarter was previously temporarily rented out to the Law and Justice Department, Nagaland by NPWD (Housing) for the past few years and also provided the document in support of her claim. She said the quarter belonging to the PWD (Housing department) could be confirmed through a letter dated June 7, 2007 to the Estate Officer, PWD (Housing), Kohima by the Sub-Divisional Officer PWD (Housing) Central Sub-division which read, “.... the Government Quarter bearing No. CHIPWDI65 situated at Lower Chandmari is under my jurisdiction.” She also referred to a letter issued by the DC Kohima on February 17, 1971 which ordered abolition of the Accommodation Board and the quarters constructed for different departments going to concerned Department which might be allotted by the respective head of Department to its own staff. “…those who occupy quarters other than their own Department, such quarters should either surrender it to the concerned Department for which it is originally constructed ....” she quoted from the letter. The victim however said that her allotment order was abruptly cancelled on August 20, 2007 within less than two months of its allotment order by the Executive Engineer PWD (H) Estate Division, Kohima by stating that “the quarter is under the control/occupation of Judicial Department for the last few years. This will be on temporary basis only. “ She pointed out that the same order was withdrawn on June 9, 2008 by the same authority “... to facilitate for settlement of the matter of ownership of quarter no. CH/PWD/65 (Type-III).” The victim further said that the EE PWD (H) Estate Division, Kohima on August 20 had jointly allotted Quarter No. CH/PWD/66 Type V which was however privatized and thus occupied by private persons. In the course of this confusion, the LDA said three notices were issued to her on January 17, 2007, May 6, 2008 and March 19, 2009 respectively by the Kohima District administration asking her to vacate the quarter as it was already allotted to ADC (Judicial), Kohima. (Contd on P 7) Evicted denies ‘encroacher’ charge (From page 1) In response to these notices, both written and verbal communications on the ground reality and difficulty were personally intimated to the authorities including the district administration, she said. The evicted victim also said another letter was written to the DC Kohima on May 27, 2009 by the state PWD (H) department to the DC Kohima which stated that the quarter was allotted to her through a decision of the Accommodation Board decision. The letter also read that the quarter was constructed way back in the later part of 1960s and had always been in the Register of PWD as its owner which has now outlived a Hill Type live and was time for renovation or reconstruction. “The only thing to be understood was that at one point of time the quarter was occupied by Judicial staff in the late 1980s. However, this does not to be accrued as its lawful owner by the Legal department. This requires proper checking,” the letter read. The district administration was also requested not to insist on vacation of the quarter from the occupied servant until a suitable solution was made from the higher ups. “In any case, the servant is not a criminal or forcefully occupying the said quarter. Once again, it is to say that she was officially allotted and hence lawfully occupying the said quarter. With the few points indicated, the authority is requested to restrain from forcing the occupant to the point of desperation,” she quoted from the letter. The victim said that on May 28 morning while her youngest minor brother was alone, officials of Kohima district administration guarded by police personnel fully armed came and locked the quarter for which she has been paying rent till date. She said the quarter was sealed without even given them a chance to get hold of their purses, money, sparing clothes etc. She said it would not be a surprise if valuable items including money have been lost or taken away by the officials involved and many household items damaged. “Following the inconsiderate and partisan acts of Kohima District Administration, now we have been suffering immeasurably without spare clothes and other essential requirements leave alone our home,” she said. The LDA termed the act of the administration as “so inhumanely” when it knew that there was no alternative quarter available. “And it acted hurriedly without listening to the other side of the problem I am struggling with,” she added.

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