fter accusing district administration Kulgam of inaction and dilly dallying by Dushyant Bhat for not ordering eviction of land grabbers, the revenue officials on Saturday admitted that the land in possession of illegal occupiers belonged to Kashmiri Pandit and only the nod from authorities was needed.
Yesterday, Dushyant Bhat made startling revelations before the media in Srinagar and sought help from the police and civil administration for helping in retrieving his ancestral land measuring 108 Kanal which he alleged was illegally occupied by a local family.
Bhat during his address claimed that his ancestral land was grabbed by a family in Kulgam and the same is now used for growing apple without his consent. Pandit appealed to the administration to help him retrieve the land which actually belongs to his great grandfather.
Revenue officials in the district told Good Morning Kashmir that they have submitted the report to concerned Deputy Commissioner Kulgam and now the action will be taken accordingly against the illegal occupiers.
“As per records, he (Dushyant Bhat) is claiming a total 108 Kanals of the land, however there are other (his relatives) five shareholders of this land. When we distribute the said land equally among the other shareholders, he gets only 7 Kanals of the total land.” said a revenue official. Adding, “we have submitted the report to DC Kulgam, now he will act accordingly.”
According to Bhat, he has returned to the valley with an aim to work together with the local youth; however, he was crestfallen to know that his ancestral land was illegally occupied by a family of goons.
“Despite bringing the issues to the notice of the administration, no substantial measures have been taken so far to retrieve my land from the ‘illegal occupiers, i’m running pillar to post to get my ancestral land back, enough is that the harvest has been stolen from my orchard by this particular family, and the unfortunate part is that nobody is listening to my plea,” Bhat said.
Dushyat further said that the illegal occupiers have been continuously harassing him.
“Keep my land apart, now they (illegal occupiers) are harassing me and my family, even though I have received death threats from them,” he added.
Questioning the administration, Bhat said that under the J&K Migrant Property Act, DC is supposed to be the custodian of the migrant property. He alleged that not a single DC is complying with it.
Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, when contacted, said,” reports from the concerned tehsildar have reached my office. A team headed by ADC and ACR will scrutinise the reports sent by the tehsildar. Accordingly, the case will be disposed off following due process of law and procedure,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bhat appealed to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to personally look into the matter and issue immediate orders for retrieval of his ancestral land.
Pertinently, On Sept 08, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched an FC to the immovable properties of Kashmiri migrants in a time-bound manner.