Arunachal: Joram-Koloriang TAH land compensation scam, 3 arrested

Three person has been arrested by Special Investigation Cell (Vigilance) for their alleged involvement in the Joram to Koloriang TAH land compensation scam in Arunachal.


Former Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen, District Land Revenue and Settlement Officer (DLRSO) Bharat Lingu and politician/businessman Likha Maj were arrested on Tuesday by the sleuths of Special Investigation Cell (Vigilance) for their alleged involvement in the Joram to Koloriang Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH) land compensation scam.

In this connection, a case has been registered under sections 409/419/420/467/471/120B of Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with section 13(1)(c)(d) & 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988 and an investigation launched, informed SP (SIC) Pranav Tayal.

Soon after their arrest, they were produced before the court of Special Judge, West Sessions Division at Yupia which remanded them to a seven days’ police custody, the SP informed.

Asked whether Lollen was admitted in RK Mission Hospital here, the SP confirmed that prior to their formal arrest, the trio were sent to RKMH for their general health check-up – which is a normal practice before effecting arrest of any notable.

Earlier, the alleged compensation scam concerning the Joram-Koloriang section of two-lane Trans-Arunachal Highway project had evoked strong protests from different quarters with some of the local organizations claiming that the district authority under the then DC Lollen had released huge payment to “artificial” beneficiaries who did not have a single structure along the TAH alignment.

Following the hue and cry on the matter, the State Government had constituted a high level Fact-Finding Committee, headed by the Commissioner (Home), to look into the allegations.

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