Pradeep Pattanayak

In yet another incident of Andhra Pradesh eyeing for Odisha land, an FIR has been lodged against an Andhra Pradesh doctor for encroaching upon the government land in Bandhugaon block in Koraput district

The tehsildar of Bandhugaon has registered the complaint against Dr D Ram Mohan Rao and four others. 

According to a report, Dr Rao has prepared around 30 to 40 acres of land in Kapalada mouza under Bandhugaon tehsil for oil palm cultivation. 

It is worth mentioning Kapalada mouza shares border with Andhra Pradesh. 

After coming to know about this, Bandhugaon tehsildar Sadashiba Bhatra went through the records and did a spot verification. He found that around 15 acres of land is government-owned pasture land. 

In order to stop any kind of illegal activities on the land, Bhatra has imposed Section 144 there besides putting up red flags. 

“After investigation of records and field inspection, I came to know that the land is a government-owned pasture land measuring around 15 cares. He (Dr Rao) is behind the scene and the villagers are also supporting him,” said the tehsildar. 

Meanwhile, one named Himerika Kuruma is claiming that the said disputed land is his property and he has the patta for the same. 
When asked, Dr Rao said, “I didn’t know about the land dispute. We have given plantation materials and that’s all. Regarding land, I have no idea at all.”