Demolition Drive Selective In Its Action: NC

SRINAGAR: National Conference on Wednesday said that the J&K administration is working on a mission to dislocate and disempower the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a workers meet here at the party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar Women’s wing State President Shameema Firdous and District President Srinagar Peer Afaq Ahmed said that the underway demolition drive clearly reek of political vendetta and the misuse of government machinery.

“Government isn’t even bothering to send a notice to the family concerned before going ahead with the demolition. The victims of this demolition drive have been in possession of these chunks of land for several decades before the dawn of independence. How have they suddenly become illegal occupants? Most of these lands were lawfully granted by the then autocratic rulers to people. Laws cannot be modified overnight to the disadvantage of people. State land is not a phenomenon restricted to Jammu and Kashmir and such encroachment in national and commercial areas were regularised and converted into freehold rights. The underway reckless demolition drive has affected the constitution and infringed possessory rights of the people,” they said.

They added that the Supreme Court in its recent order regarding the anti-encroachment drive by the government had clearly barred the executing agencies from demolishing residential houses. “Even that order has also not been implemented. The bulldozer policy is only aimed against a particular community, tribals and poor. They have left little to the imagination of people. Every day a new front is opened against them.”

“BJP-controlled administration is planning an escape route for itself and its B team members involved in land mafia business by uprooting poor and landless people. The drive has fanned new tensions in the region which is already beset with alienation. Why are BJP’s B teams mute on this issue? They are equally responsible for what is going on?” the leaders added.


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