JDA’s anti-encroachment drive: NC leader booked for inciting Gujjars

JDA’s anti-encroachment drive: NC leader booked for inciting Gujjars

Jammu/Srinagar: A former city corporator and ruling National Conference leader has been booked for allegedly inciting a group of people to resort to violence during an anti-encroachment drive here, police said Tuesday.
A case has been registered against Resheeda Begum by police for instigating Gujjars to resort to violence, SSP Jammu, Atul Goel said.
Jammu Development Authority (JDA), backed by CRPF and police personnel, launched its anti-encroachment drive from Sunday to evict members from the Gujjar community, who have allegedly grabbed Rs 100-crore Gole Gujral colony’s prime land in the city, he said.
Resisting the drive, they resorted to stone-pelting and attacked police and JDA officials during the drive in which 13 people including 7 policemen were injured on Sunday, they said.
Begum reached the spot and targeted JDA for the eviction drive and incited the nomad community, which turned violent and pelted stones and bricks on the team members, Goel added.
Meanwhile, Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir Tuesday said the forcible eviction of a large number of Muslim families from Gool Gujral area in Jammu by the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) with the assistance of police and CRFP from their homes and thereby rendering more than a hundred families homeless “is a gross violation of human rights of these people,”.
In a statement, a Jama’at spokesman described the action eviction of the people as “unjustified tyrannical action,” said the “non-Muslim families residing in the same area on the same land have not been even touched by these authorities shows that it is a well thought plan to extradite Muslims from the Jammu district taken up by the JDA under the guise of vacating the state land.”
“Such vicious attempts have been made in the previous years by the state authorities in different parts of Jammu area. What about those thousands of people from other states who have permanently settled in Jammu and illegally occupied thousands of acres of state land in Jammu and constructed permanent structures thereon? Their very settlement in the state is quite illegal and against the basic spirit of Article 370 of Indian constitution about which much hue and cry is raised time and again,” the statement said.
“The reliable sources in Jammu even claim that thousands of non-state residents have manipulated to get Permanent Resident Certificates in connivance with the local state authorities but no concrete step has ever been taken up by JDA and other state officials to vacate the state land illegally occupied by them,” it said.