Putting Lok Sabha member Azam Khan’s name on “anti-land mafia” portal and lodging over a dozen FIRs for land grabbing is “certainly a political conspiracy” hatched by the Uttar Pradesh government as both the Yogi Adityanath government as well as the Rampur district and police force in Uttar Pradesh are framing the MP under false cases ahead of the by-elections in the state.
The by-elections are likely to be announced in Uttar Pradesh in September to fill up the vacancies caused by the election of 11 MLAs, including Khan, to the Lok Sabha.
Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Khan resigned from the Rampur Assembly seat after winning the Lok Sabha election, defeating BJP’s Jaya Prada.
The Assembly seat is likely to witness a high profile contest as the BJP and SP are likely to field Jaya Prada and Dimple Yadav respectively.
The Rampur district administration last week declared Khan and Aaley Hasan, a former Circle Officer in Rampur, as land mafia and uploaded their names on the state government as Anti Bhu-(land) mafia portal introduced in 2017.
According to cases registered at Rampur’s Azim Nagar police station, Khan and Hasan, a former Deputy Superintendent of Police, allegedly forged documents and grabbed land worth several hundred crore for Mohammed Ali Jauhar University, a multi-crore private project of the SP leader.
In the last three months, 44 cases have been lodged against Khan. The Uttar Pradesh Police recently filed 13 FIRs against Khan and Hasan based on complaints lodged by 26 local farmers, accusing them of forcibly acquiring their land for the university during the Samajwadi regime in the state. Azam Khan has also called the charges against him a conspiracy to defame him and the Jauhar University.
His wife Fatma alleges that Rampur District Magistrate Aujaneya Kumar Singh and Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma were trying to fix her husband under land-grabbing charges and asserted that there was no forceful purchase of the land.