Revenue department identifies 3 acre land encroached by Dera ashram in Puri


Puri: The Dera Sacha Sauda Ashram run by jailed rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is found to have encroached three acres of government land at Beleswarpatna on the outskirts of Odisha’s pilgrim town Puri.

A five-member team of Revenue Department officials headed by the local Tehsildar found it while conducting measurement of the property today as locals complained about the encroachment of government land by the ashram after conviction of Gurmeet Singh.

According to reports, the ashram stands on seven acres of land out of which four acres has been purchased in the name of the ashram from a private individual while the remaining three acres is encroached government land.

Worth mentioning, Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty had ordered an inquiry into the alleged encroachment of government land after members of Puri Sachetana Nagarika Mancha on Friday gathered in front of the ashram and protested against the violence carried out by the Dera supporters in Haryana and Punjab.

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