Srinagar: The Deputy Commissioner Pulwama has told the State Human Rights Commission that some migrants from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) have been asked to vacate the encroached state land at Lassipora in Puwlama.
The Deputy Commissioner filed a report with SHRC in response to the commissions notice seeking answers of why some migrants from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) were asked to vacate the state land at Lassipora in Pulwama.
Reports from Tehsildar Shahoora, Litter and State Industrial Development Corporation Limited (SIDCO) state that 21 Kanals of land are allotted to migrants who have settled here from nearly 75 years, but over the years, “the state land and Khachari land has been encroached by them”.
The Tehsildar Litter’s report states that at present around 122 families of PaK migrants are residing at Aramulla and Tantraypora villages. The total land under their occupation is 485 Kanals and 20 Marlas as against the allotted land of 21 Kanals. The SIDCO, in its report, stated that for establishment of industrial growth centre, the government vide order dated 9 May, 1986 had notified 6193 Kanals and 7 Marlas in district Pulwama. The land has been acquired from six villages of Pulwama including from the villages of Aramulla and Tantraypora.
The report states that the land measuring 1812 Kanals and 3 Marlas (not state land) was acquired on negotiations with the property owners and compensation has been paid accordingly. Further the land under illegal occupation is more than 500 Kanals which is to be retrieved as per the law established.
“It is to be stated here that the inhabitants in question as per the compliant have only 21 Kanals allotted to them by then Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah but unfortunately the state land has been encroached to large extent and as such the representatives of the persons who have valid documents were never harassed,” the report said.
“It is to worthwhile to submit that no coercive method was initiated to displace the inhabitants except for the land encroached by them as it belongs to J&K SIDCO, IGC Lassipora. The said encroached land has to be demarcated and is to be allotted to the prospective entrepreneurs of the state. The said encroachers are involved in loss to the State Exchequer which needs to be curbed,” the report added.
SHRC had sent a notice to Pulwama administration on a application filed by activist Ahsan Untoo asking if the state was planning to evacuate the 21 migrant families.
Untoo’s petition said some 21 families had migrated to Kashmir from Muzaffarabad in 1947 and are settled near SIDCO land at Lassipora. The strength has grown to 100 households near the industrial estate, and the district administration has asked the families to vacate the land citing that it comes under the industrial sector. The move has created apprehensions among residents of losing their home.
“We were born and brought up here. Why will we leave this place? Aren’t we the residents of this place? We have elections cards and state subjects also,” the petition quoted a local newspaper report. “If the state government has no place for us then the government should open the border so that we will cross over to PaK.”