Shimla (Aug 7): Five prominent former Congress legislators were booked by Himachal Pradesh forest department for trespass and encroachment after an FIR was lodged against them under Section 557 of
Station house officer (SHO) of Bioleauganj police station Shakuntla Sharma said that the former Congress MLAs allegedly encroached upon forest land in the Ex-MLA Hosting Society, Hiranagar, near Totu. She said that a complaint was been lodged by the state forest department against the five leaders – Kashmir Singh, late Heera Singh Pal, MR Goma, late Dharmpal and Natha Singh. She said they were being charged as prior to construction of their houses in the said area they had forcibly taken possession of adjoining land belonging to the forest department.
There were complaints in the past the a number of MLAs were occupying government land along
National Highway-88 to build multi-storey buildings. It may be mentioned that the ruling BJP government in the state has been facing charges of benami land deals and the opposition Congress party is likely to corner it on the issue during the monsoon session of Assembly, slated from Aug 23.