Dimapur, March 2: DC Kohima Gregory Thejawelie has notified any private person or group desiring to purchase land in and around Kohima town and other Government acquired areas particularly New Secretariat, Thizama, Lerie, and Kohima Science College Jotsoma areas to first obtain necessary clearance from the Deputy Commissioner’s Office Kohima without which the seller, as well as the buyer, would be doing so at their own risk and necessary penal action will be initiated as per the relevant provisions of law.
In a public notice, the DC said the Government is seriously viewing complaints and reports relating to rampant selling and encroachment of Government land that is public land having projects installations for public service delivery.
The notice stated that the Government endeavors to provide all required support to safeguard the rights of the genuine landowners but at the same time, illegal activities of encroachment on Government land and Government quarters will be dealt with sternly as per the provisions contained in Section- 5 (1) and 6 (1) of the Nagaland Eviction of Persons in Unauthorized Occupation of Public Land Act 1971, which entails issuing notice, eviction, etc and in case of illegal occupation may invite imprisonment and fine.
The notice further stated that in the matter of sale and purchase of land within Government acquired area and land coming under 1934- 35 Map of British conquered area, both the buyer and the seller will be liable for action as this is tantamount to an illegal transaction and will attract penalty under the appropriate section of law.
(Page News Service)