Pampore: Workers of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Construction Corporation (JKPCC) on Saturday staged a protest demonstration at the JKPCC office in Drangbal, Pampore, against a hot mix plant owner whom they alleged was encroaching on land belonging to the public sector unit.
The protesters appealed to J&K Governor N N Vohra, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and DC Commissioner Pulwama to take action in the matter.
Scores of workers reached the JKPCC office at Frestabal, Pampore, on Saturday morning and held a strong protest, raising slogans of ‘JKPCC Bachao’, ‘Etihad e Mulazimeen Zindabad Zindabad’ and ‘Gunda Gardi Nahi Chalegi.
The workers told Kashmir Reader that the hot mix plant owner had forcibly entered the premises and occupied space there.
“This is our property on which the private owner has laid their hot mix plant, sending some watchmen here who encroached on our office,” said a union leader.
Another leader told Kashmir Reader that some Ghazzanfar had come and set up his office. “In 1980, it was given on lease to Prakash Builders, which left soon due to turmoil,” he said.
Meanwhile, a copy of a July 9 court order that is in Kashmir Reader’s possession reads that taking an overall view of the application by one Manzoor Ghazzanfar against the Jammu and Kashmir Government, buttressed with the affidavit and submissions of the learned counsel for the petitioner, it is directed that subject to objections and till dater of next listing before the bench the respondent shall not cause any interference and disturbance in any manner whatsoever in the operation and functioning of the hot mix plant of the petitioner situated at Sempora (Pampore).
The court has also directed the Station Head Officer Pampore to ensure compliance with the order.
Deputy General Manager JKPCC Faisal Azmat Shah told Kashmir Reader that they had gone through the court document and would deal with it legally.
“I don’t know on what pretext the union leaders have protested, but to me it is a legal matter and we would deal with it legally,” he said, adding that the union leaders had a perception that the hot mix plant owner, the land mafia and the department were in a nexus, which is why they held the protests.