RAUTAHAT, Feb 7: District Forest Office (DFO) of Rautahat on Sunday scrapped the ownership of about 122 bigha of forest lands which were illegally owned by some individuals with the help of the forest officials.
Various government bodies including the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse and Authority (CIAA) had started investigation into the forest land encroachment in Rautahat. After a month long investigation, the DFO finally decided to scrap the ownership of the encroached land.
Some individuals were able to register the lands in their names which actually belonged to the national forest. Officials of the District Survey Office and the DFO itself were involved in the illegal transfer of the lands.
According to Dirgha Koirala, chief of the District Forest Office, Rautahat , they have urged the Land Revenue Office to inform the concerned individuals about the scrapping of the illegally registered land under Clause 2(b) of Article 16 and of the Forest Act 1993. The investigation has found the involvement of former ranger of the DFO Ram Keval Yadav in the crime.