Shimla: Traditional rivals the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have yet again locked horns in Himachal Pradesh over the issue of trespassing and encroachment. The issue shot into limelight, after a case was lodged against five former Congress legislators on the charges of trespassing and encroachment on government land.

According to sources, the former legislators owned land in the ex-MLA hosting Society. Prior to the construction of their house, they forcefully took possession of an adjoining land belonging to the Forest Department.

On a tip off by an informer, Shimla police probed the matter and lodged an FIR against the five former MLAs on Friday. The Congress leaders including Kashmir Singh, Heera Singh, M R Goma, Dharmpal and Natha Singh have been booked under the Section 477 of IPC and Section 32, 33 of Indian Forest Act.

The indications are clear that through this issue the BJP will try to settle scores with the arch-rivals. Previously, the Congress leaders had alleged BJP members of selling lands through foul means. 

SP SM Agnihotri confirmed that a case in this context has been lodged against Congress leaders.