15 years on, govt fails to retrieve ‘illegally occupied’ sericulture land

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BARAMULLA: Administration has failed to retrieve a plot of government land under the illegal occupation of a man for the past 15 years in Sangrama, Baramulla.
Officials said that an ex government teacher in Bulgam area of Sangrama had occupied a plot of government land belonging to Sericulture Department.
Locals said that Mohammad Assadullah Ganie occupied the land in Bulgam village with the help of nearest army camp and ‘fraudulently prepared its documents in his favour’.
“Fifteen years ago, when situation in Kashmir was very volatile, Ganie had good relations with the nearest army camp and he occupied around one Kanal and 17 Marlas of Sericulture land. He later constructed a shopping complex on it,” said Nisar Ahmad, Sarpanch of Bulgam village.
“Other villagers at that time created a hue and cry but Ganie who had good relations with the nearest army camp used his power to push villagers into silence,” he said.
“Three years ago after I was nominated as village Sarpanch, I approached the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir but till date the administration has failed to reoccupy the land,” he said.
Deputy Director Sericulture Department Mohammad Abdullah confirmed that the plot of land belonged to the department and was forcibly occupied by the man.
“Now he is claiming to have documents of the land, but in our records it belongs to Sericulture Department,” Abdullah said.
He said that the file was under process in the office of Assistant Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and they hoped he would order for its re occupation.
Mohammad Assadullah Ganie was not available for comment.