PULWAMA: Several revenue records of two Pulwama villages, dating back 50 years, were completely destroyed when a fire broke out at the residence of Abdul Rashid Bhat during the recent gunfight between militants and government forces at Takiya Wagam village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district last Saturday, sources told Kashmir Reader.
The revenue records of two villages kept in the house, which was damaged in fire during the encounter, were also gutted, depriving the landowners of benefits they had availed of under various government schemes.
Firdous Ahmad, the Patwari of Karimabad revenue constituency, told Kashmir Reader that the officials had set up the Patwar Khana, the Patwari’s station, in the house of Bashir Ahmad Bhat where the encounter of the intervening night of May 11-12 took place.
The Patwari told Kashmir Reader that he had lost records for over 50 years for Wagam village and the newly-created Chinar Bagh village, which were given the status of revenue villages in 2011.
“It would take a long time to assemble the records, the Patwari Latha (the cadastral map), Girdawari, Misli and other related material gutted in the fire, from various sources in the Revenue department. For the newly-created revenue village, it would take near about a month,” said the Patwari, adding that mutation register had also got damaged, which would make the efforts cumbersome.
Meanwhile, the Pulwama Tehsildar, Riyaz Ahmad Shah, confirmed to Kashmir Reader that the records were completely gutted but added that the place was not a registered Patwari Khana and that revenue services were being given from this place from the last four years.
He, however, said that “people would not be made to suffer as the records were being kept at two places, one with the Patwari and the other at the Tehsil office”. Reyaz Ahmad added that the Tehsil office would write to the Deputy Commissioner Pulwama to allow the office to have a photostat copy of the records available at the Tehsil office, Pulwama.
He assured Kashmir Reader that they would make efforts to access the records soon.
He also said that an FIR had been registered in the matter at Police Station Pulwama.
Two houses were damaged in the gunfight on Saturday, one the house of Abdul Rashid Bhat, which was fully damaged, and the other the house of his brother Mohammad Yousuf, which sustained partial damage, by government forces after an encounter ensued between militants and government forces in which militants managed to flee, leaving one CRPF personnel dead.
Meanwhile, police officials confirmed to Kashmir Reader that they have registered a case FIR in this regard.