March 2007 News

Fresh cases of illegal property occupation emerge in JK

13 March 2007
The Daily Times
Iftikhar gilani

New Delhi: Fresh cases of Indian security forces occupation of agricultural and civilian properties have emerged in Jammu and Kashmir as calls for demilitarisation become louder and part of political dialogue between India and Pakistan. In the remote Doda district where 74 buildings of various government departments including 14 school premises and four tourism complexes are already in the possession of security forces, Rashtriya Rifles posted in the area have taken over another 122.75 acres of land for security purposes. Around 12,122 acres of land in this district are already under army control. Even after a decade, in as many as 115 cases in Doda district alone, authorities are not paying rent to the owners. The civil administration blames the army for not issuing occupation certificates. A farmer, Abdul Lateef Akhoon of Doda, told reporters that Rashtriya Rifles had taken over 1.2 acres of his agricultural land. One of my houses is also under their control ... I dont get any rent, local newspapers quoted Akhoon as saying. Haji Nasrula of Bhaat village in Doda has even filed a case against the army for not paying the rent for a two-acre piece of his land that was taken over a decade ago. Locals allege that hundreds of acres of land have been illegally occupied by security forces. Fresh cases of illegal possession have also been reported in the villages of Bhagwa, Soyigadi, Gulhand, Dashnam, ThanalaBhudarwah, Bhanderkote, Kishtward, ChatrooKishtaward, Ukhdal and Banihal.


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