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Southern States - Andhra Pradesh-Hyderabad

Illegal occupants of Wakf Board lands warned
By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, FEB. 7. Occupants of about 5,000 properties in Attapur area on city suburbs have been asked to produce documents to claim ownership, failing which the structures will be pulled down.

The warning was issued after the Ranga Reddy Collector, Ajay Jain, the Superintendent of Police, M.V. Ramachandra Raju, the Police Commissioner, P. Ramulu, and the Wakf Board Chairman, Mohd. Saleem, went on a field visit to Attapur on Thursday to verify reports that Wakf Board lands were illegally occupied.

The officials told newsmen that the properties would be demolished `without any compunction,' if the owners did not produce valid documents. Mr. Ramulu said the owners of encroached properties were advised to form an association/society and pay taxes.

He said according to a board survey 668 acres of land was under illegal occupation. According to officials, the Wakf Board was aware of the encroachment. The occupation of the lands had reportedly led to `collection' of hefty amounts by anti-social elements.

Mr. Ramulu said a local person, Azam Sharief, was known to have collected heavy mamools from the encroachers. Also, 35 anti-social elements were found to be active in the area.

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