Family alleges intimidation, threats from district Adm
Bandipora: Five families in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district have alleged that the district administration was intimidating them into handover their land to Kishan Ganga Power Project for the construction of transmission tower. The land owners say that the forcible acquisition was not acceptable to them as the chunk of land was their mainstay for survival. However, the deputy commissioner says the project was prestigious and the administration would not hesitate to use the option of forcible acquisition.
The families from Chek Lawaypora village said that they have been approaching the district administration for seven months tirelessly to save their agricultural land, but in return they have been threatened, abused and intimidated into submission. Despite all this, the families say that the administration will have to walk over their dead bodies ‘to occupy our land’.
The family alleged that they were summoned by the district administration on Monday only to be abused, manhandled and threatened of dire consequences.
“My maternal uncle Mohammad Shafi Sheikh, who is disabled accompanied by my grandmother, Misra Begum, was manhandled by DC and also threatened of taking them to Kotbalwal jail,” Muntazir Bashir, an aggrieved villager said.
The families said that they held protests against the construction of towers in the residential areas of our village, but in return the district administration asked the police to chase away the protesters and four youngsters were detained.
“After we narrated our story to the local police officer, they were positive and understood our genuine struggle,” Muntazir added.
The families said that that despite all efforts the district administration was hell-bent in snatching our property forcefully and handover it to the power corporation for the construction of transmission tower which falls near residential area.
The Deputy Commissioner said that so far 70 towers have been constructed and just one tower awaits construction. “I don’t know why they are creating bottle-necks. It was not an issue. The families had come to me and they seem to be very nice people,” he said.
He said the power project was prestigious one and Prime Minister would be inaugurating it in November. “The government will not allow anyone to hamper the project There is an alternative of forceful acquisition (of land) if they remain the hindrance. It will result in payment of less compensation to these families. This tower has to be constructed anyhow,” the DC added.