Court demolishes, cops rebuild

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Hours after a police outpost, constructed on private land in Sisendi village under Mohanlalganj police station, was removed on a court order on Wednesday, a police team got the structure reconstructed overnight.

Land owners Awadhesh Kumar Dwivedi and his brother Rajendra Kumar Dwivedi, who are residents of Bharsava village in Mohanlalganj, said their 1,000 sq feet land on Maurawan road had been illegally grabbed since 2002 with the construction of a police outpost there.

Rajendra said the police outpost was constructed despite his objections and the then police inspector of Mohanlalganj had given an assurance to vacate the area soon. When the police did not vacate the land, they filed a civil case in the court of the civil judge, Mohanlalganj, in 2005.

On November 19, the court ordered the clerk of the civil court in Lucknow to remove the construction from the property of Khasra number 773 and 775 of Sisendi village, after its earlier order for removing the construction in two months was not obeyed.

Following the order, the court clerk on Wednesday afternoon demolished the construction and the lodgings of the police outpost were removed from there. However, a team of policemen, led by Mohanlalganj Station House Officer Yogendra Singh, rebuilt the structure on Wednesday night, said Rajendra.

Yogendra Singh claimed the structure had not been constructed by the police but by the locals who wanted the outpost there, and that it was not built on private land.

Rajendra said that after the reconstruction of the outpost, he met Lucknow SSP R K Chaturvedi and Additional DG (Law and Order) Arun Kumar with his complaint and was still awaiting action.

Arun Kumar declined comment and suggested the SSP be contacted. The SSP said the court order was for "vacating" the land and not for "demolition" of the outpost. He said the demolition was "offending", so the outpost was reconstructed. Chaturvedi said he had met the land owners and a new outpost will be constructed in one or two days on some other land.

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