The Prosecutor General’s Office of Tajikistan issued an order to demolish a newly built neighborhood in Kulob and started investigating the actions of several local officials in connection with the illegal use and distribution of land.
Who was expelled and who will be investigated?
We are talking about four hectares of land on the outskirts of Kulob airport and the free economic zone of this city in the territory of Ziraki community. Three years ago, it was given to residents to build a house. Now the authorities say that part of this land has been divided against the law and houses have been built illegally.
Radio Ozodi sources said on October 31 that Khebar Zaidullozoda, the prosecutor of the Kulob region, was dismissed from his position for “turning a blind eye to illegal actions” in this area, and the possibility that Bakhtiyor Nazarzoda, the mayor of Kulob, was involved in the distribution of some of these lands is being investigated.
Previously, at the press conference in July of this year, the Kulob prosecutor’s office said that nine decisions of the mayor of Kulob regarding the distribution of land to residents were canceled due to illegality, and his other decisions are being investigated.
According to two sources familiar with the investigation of Radio Ozodi, Amirhamza Akobirzoda, an investigator of the Kulob District Prosecutor’s Office, has also been dismissed from his position, and Husniddin Zardiev, the former head of the Ziraki community of Kulob, is being interrogated by the investigators of the Kulob Prosecutor’s Office.
The Kulob government did not comment on the news. Khebar Zaydullozoda, former prosecutor of Kulob region, did not say anything in this regard after hearing the question and turned off his phone. A source in the Prosecutor’s Office of Khatlon region said that Khebar Zaydullozoda has not been at work since October 12 and the order for his dismissal has been issued.
This source, who did not want to be named, said that the investigation in this direction was started a month ago: “This land is registered as agricultural land in the general plan, but it was illegally distributed to residents. Complaints have also been received about cases of bribery. The decisions that were given to the residents to build housing were canceled. Now the prosecutor’s commission is investigating this and will definitely take action.”
“Today they will give land, tomorrow they will knock down the house”
Several residents of the newly built neighborhood told Radio Ozodi in an interview on October 31 that about 15 sub-buildings of residential houses in this neighborhood were destroyed, and representatives of the prosecutor’s office ordered more than thirty owners to voluntarily move their homes by next week.
Nazim, a resident of the neighborhood, who himself is in Russia, said on October 31 that after fifteen years of waiting, in 2022, the decision to build housing in this area was made available and he started building a house.
“We have a decision signed by the mayor. Today one person will give the land, tomorrow another person will say it is illegal. I spent 30,000 somoni for my house and built half of it. Now I don’t know what to do and who will compensate for the damage?” Nazim said.
This immigrant, who promised to send a copy of the decision to Radio Ozodi, then refused to talk and turned off his phone.
Residents who complained about the demolition of their houses until October 31, did not answer Radio Ozodi’s calls. A resident of this neighborhood, who did not want to be named for security reasons, said on November 1: “When the sub-buildings were overturned, anyone who took out a phone was arrested by the police. The goal is not to send videos to the opposition and Radio Ozodi. They didn’t stay to film at all.”
Authorities in Tajikistan have repeatedly reported the illegal distribution of agricultural land for the purpose of building houses. Despite efforts, it seems that such a situation has not decreased. Experts attribute the main reason to widespread corruption in Tajikistan.
Source : Радио Озоди