Soil excavation in Pampore sparks protest

Srinagar: The unabated nocturnal soil excavation in saffron fields of south Kashmir’s Pampore town sparked protests on Wednesday.
The protestors said that last month a team of Revenue officials along with police had arrested three persons and seized JCBs and trucks for illegally excavating soil in the saffron fields, but vested interests had resumed their illegal activities.
They said that soil excavation is going on in Chandhara, Galandar, Putil Bagh, and other villages. “These saffron fields are turning into waste land now. Scores of JCBs and tippers could be seen busy in soil excavation during the night without any fear of law,” said the protestors, adding that the saffron fields are under serious threat.
They urged upon the administration to stop the illegal activity.
Addition Commissioner Pulwama Munir-ul-Islam admitted that some vested interests are indulging in soil excavation in Pampore. He told a local news agency CNS that the district administration has informed the SP Awantipora about the matter “in black and white” and the SP has assured stern action against these vested interests.