The locals of North Kashmir’s Sogam area Monday alleged that the National Conference men are involved in the harassment of the inhabitants with the district administration acting as the mute spectators.
A delegation led by Haji Ghulam Hassan Wani hailing from Sogam area told KNS that some NC workers at the behest of the ruling party and with the support of district administration are involved in the harassment of the locals by setting ablaze the local shops without any fear of the consequences and have compelled the people to migrate from the area en-masse.
He stated further that during different incidents the shops owned by the locals were set ablaze by the ‘NC workers’ 10 different times but o action was taken on ground by the authorities despite registration of the cases against them at the local police stations.
He added that later when the shop owners tried to reconstruct the shops, the NC men again approached them and forcefully dismantled the structures that were raised after the fire.
Wani, a local shop owner stated that when he tried to re construct the shop he was warned of the dire consequences by the men of Qaisar Jamsheed Lone and during the wee hours, the shop was again dismantled.
He stated that he several times approached the district authorities but no action was taken against the involved persons and those men move freely in the area- terrorizing locals and harassing the area.
Wani maintained that action must be taken by the state authorities on ground so that a befitting reply is given to the ‘anarchic’ elements of the north Kashmir’s Sogam. He stated that the government must prioritize its efforts to put lid over the growing cries in the area.
When contacted, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone rebutted allegations terming them frivolous. “I have nothing to do with this matter. It is the people of the area who identified some land being illegally encroached upon and the district administration acted on the request of local people.”
Meanwhile, divisional commissioner Kashmir has directed the deputy commissioner Kupwara to take immediate action in the matter under law.