Shopian villagers await compensation for houses damaged in encounter

Shopian villagers await compensation for houses damaged in encounter

Tehsildar says he has submitted report to DC

Barbugh (Shopian): Three months after five residential houses were damaged during a heavy exchange of fire between militants and the government forces in Barbugh village of Shopian, the villagers say that they have not been compensated for the damages.
During the September 10 gunfight, four residential houses were partially damaged while another, in which two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were hiding, was completely destroyed.
The houses belonged to Manzoor Ahmad Khanday, Nazir Ahmad Khanday, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat and Hilal Ahmad Khanday. Their houses have developed cracks on the walls and slabs due to intense shelling, they said.
Nazir Ahmad Khanday told Kashmir Reader that after the encounter was over, officials including the concerned Tehsildar visited their houses to inquire about the damages. However not a single penny has been released to compensate the losses, he rued.
Hilal pointed to the bullet-riddled roof of his one-storey house saying, “Every single tin sheet has bullet holes.”
“Where will we go in the cold? If there is rain or snowfall, we will have no place to take shelter at,” said wife of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat whose house has developed cracks.
Shopian Tehsildar Niyaz Ahmad, who took stock of the damages, told Kashmir Reader that he has submitted the damage report to the deputy commissioner’s office three months ago. “I have submitted the detailed report of damage within a week and all other formalities which were in my jurisdiction. It is up to deputy commissioner’s office to do the rest of the job,” he said.
According to him, about five houses have partially suffered damages during the encounter.
“One among the partially damaged houses which was close to the encounter is not worth living. The house can collapse any time, but the family is still living there,” Niyaz said.
Shopian additional deputy commissioner Parvaiz Sajad Ganie told Kashmir Reader that he would look into the matter. “If they (the villagers) can come to my office and make me aware about the damage, I will take appropriate action,” he said.


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