Pulwama: Farmer Attempts Suicide to ‘Protest Land Acquisition for Road’



Father of six children consumed poison Saturday at Boonera village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district to protest against acquisition of his orchard land by Revenue department for road construction.

Munwar Ahmad Bhat, 60, was hospitalized after consuming poison at his native village when officials were marking his already notified orchard for opening of Gangoo– Boonera circular road.

The residents accused Revenue and R&B officials for acquiring the land of Munwar Ahmad Bhat to give advantage to another farmer whose land was actually notified by officials for circular road.

Mohammad Shafi Bhat son of Munwar Ahmad Bhat claimed that in 2005, officials notified land of Javid Ahmad Mir’s barren land for circular road.

“He has influence and has bribed officials to change the demarcation,” Shafi alleged, adding, that authorities were snatching their orchid, the family’s only land.

“The authorities of R and B have surveyed one Khasra and revenue authorities notified other patch of land in the same Khasra to give advantage to Javid,” said Mohammad Khalil Wani, a farmer of Boonera, adding that the officials are deviating to make a curve in the road under the influence.

Assistant Executive Engineer R&B, Pulwama, Zahoor Ahmad said that the circular road gets connected with Shopian– Pampore road and they have to achieve a right angle.

“The road shouldn’t be bending,” he said.

Assistant Revenue Commissioner Pulwama, Syed Sajad Qadri said that they never changed the original demarcation done by R&B.

“We are exactly following the demarcation map prepared by R& B,” he said, adding that the circular road is almost near to completion but a few farmers were creating hindrance.

“They have been misled by some people that their land was not demarcated in 2005,” he said, adding that they strictly stick to the instructions of R&B engineers.

“We can’t change the demarcation because that would be deemed as dereliction of technical opinion,” he said, adding that they were trying their best benefit the farmer.

He said that he had a narrow escape when agitated farmers in Boonera attacked them with stones and sticks.

“We were busy in demarcation when people started throwing stones on us and we have to flee from the scene to save ourselves,” he told KNS.

The authorities have instructed police to lodge FIR against eight people for hatching a conspiracy and assaulting the authorities.

Authorities said the condition of Munwar Ahmad Bhat is stable and out of danger.


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