SRINAGAR: In his elegant tragedy, ‘Service provider of Venice’, Shakespeare wrote: “There be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and then there is the peril of waters, winds and rocks”. This simile aptly describes the highly effective and mighty land grabbers of Jammu and Kashmir.
Whereas the demand for safeguarding the dwellings of poor residents and small farmers features momentum in Jammu and Kashmir, the record of individuals on whom the ax of anti-encroachment drive has fallen to this point reads just like the who-is-who of the influential and highly effective within the union territory.
These indulging in encroaching state and grazing lands have grown orchards, laid sprawling lawns, constructed industrial buildings and even constructed private palaces on these lands.
Clearly, the damage of giving up encroached empires is comprehensible.
Among the many high rating politicians, who misplaced possession of encroached lands throughout the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, is the previous state unit Congress president and minister, Peerzada Mohd Syed.
Syed had fenced an space and thereby introduced a big chunk of land underneath unlawful possession in Ara Khushipora village of Anantnag’s Dooru tehsil.
In the identical tehsil, the authorized heirs of a former chief minister and senior Congress chief, Syed Mir Qasim had grown timber on encroached land that was free of unlawful possession by the authorities.
Abdul Majeed Bhat, a former MLA, had constructed a industrial constructing on encroached land in Anantnag. Bhat additionally misplaced the industrial concern throughout the anti-encroachment drive.
Ghulam Hassan Khan, former social welfare minister, had constructed 8 outlets on encroached land in Hergam village of Shopian district. He not too long ago suffered demolition of these outlets by the authorities.
Dr. Haseeb Drabu, former finance minister, had laid an orchard on 3 kanals of encroached land in Pirpora village of Keegam tehsil in Shopian district.
Authorities restored the encroached land to the general public by dispossessing Drabu of the encroached land.
Taj Mohiuddin, former minister, had grown an orchard on 13 kanals and 16 marlas of encroached land in Sedow village in Shopian district. Taj additionally misplaced his unlawful orchard throughout the anti-encroachment drive.
In Shistergam village of Dooru tehsil of Anantnag district, politician and shut relation of former chief minister, Mufti Sayeed, Farooq Andrabi had grown timber on encroached land which was restored to public not too long ago.
Not solely the politicians and others, however even terrorists had made good of the unhealthy occasions throughout Nineties.
Aashaq Ahmad, a terrorist at the moment in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, constructed a home in Hanjan Bala village of Pulwama district.
Authorities have since dismantled the home and eliminated the terrorists’ encroachment on state land.
Politicians, authorities servants, land brokers and influential businessmen, all have had their finger within the pie of encroached lands in Jammu and Kashmir.
For Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha, eradicating encroachments goes to be a tightrope stroll.
He should not earn the wrath of the widespread man by uprooting poor residents and small farmers whereas concentrating on the mighty encroachers.
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