Srinagar: The construction work on a proposed structure being raised in one of the corners of the Sri Pratap College is under attack by a mysterious gang. The district administration in Srinagar says that the college authorities have not lodged any complaint.
Sources said the college administration is building an academic block and a one-storey residential structure for its low rung-employees but an unknown gang comes in the dead of night and dismantles the entire day’s work.
Since the past one week, the college authorities say a group of people living in the neighbourhood of the college were harassing the labourers and contractors involved in the work to stop the construction without providing any specific reason.
On Wednesday night, the gang dismantled the blocks of windows and doors erected by the workers while as, outer walls were also dismantled by them. “They were harassing workers and asking them to abandon the work,” a staff at the college said.
The college insiders say that an influential person living in the neighbourhood, who is accused of encroaching upon the college land in the past we well, is behind the disruption in construction work.
Principal SP College Parveen Pandit said the land belongs to the college and it was the prerogative of the college administration to manage the premises. She said nobody has come forth with a formal complaint whatsoever.
“It’s our land and we are raising constructions after completing all the formalities. We don’t know who has objection over the construction and why,” she said.
She said the college administration has written letters to deputy commissioner as well as concerned police station seeking their intervention into the matter. “Even SMC has given us permission for constructions,” she said adding they will go ahead with the constructions despite the mischief by unknown men.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Abid Rashid said that he has not received any complaint from the college administration. “I will look into the matter. If anyone is found guilty (of committing mischief), action will be taken,” he said.