The Jayalalithaa Government in Tamil Nadu has launched a crackdown on land grabbing with special police cells set up across the state being flooded with complaints.
In the past few weeks, over 550 complaints had been lodged with police after special anti-land grabbing cells were set up in all the districts, police said.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa during her assembly election campaign made land grabbing a major plank, alleging that powerful DMK men were involved in it and vowed to crush it.
In many instances, complaints have been filed against local DMK functionaries but party Treasurer and former Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin dismissed them as cases lacking evidence.
"These are all cases filed without any evidence. We will face it," he said recently.
The anti-land grabbing cells were set up on instructions of Additional General General of Police (Law and Order) S George, according to police sources who, however, maintain there was no political overtone to their action.
George said "there were some who used power in various ways for different means but now more and more number of people are approaching the police."
Chennai''s suburbs, particularly in adjoining Kancheepuram district, had seen an increase in land grabbing incidence as real estate prices have shot up in the area of late.
The district has become the preferred choice of IT and multi-national companies, including automakers, in view of its proximity to Chennai.
"The creation of these cells has been well received by the public. We have received over 80 complaints. These cells are helping us focus more on these issues," Kancheepuram District Superintendent of Police S Manoharan told PTI.
"We have assigned one Sub Inspector and one constable each in all police stations to focus on land grabbing," he said. (MORE) PTI DSJ MS VS BN