The land mafia in Jammu is having a field day despite a change in the government, and if sources are to be believed then land grabbers have started to encroach land starting from Sidhra to Birpur in the Kandi area which is soon turning into a commercial and residential hub. Large tracts of government and forest land in this areas, and some also belonging to panchayats have been usurped by the land grabbers with the connivance of the state officials.
Sources revealed that a big chunk of land near Sidhra golf course which was snatched back from the land sharks has been encroached again. This land was retrieved with great difficulty by authorities despite stiff resistance from the land grabbers. This forest land was protected for few months as well after the high profile operation. However, sources tell that encroachment has once again started in this forest area, and even officials of government departments hand in glove with the land sharks are acting in connivance to ensure that prized land is once again controlled by encroachers.
Recently, a government team which had gone to this area to carry out a survey of the land, and demarcation had to flee from the area after land grabbers confronted them. Sensing trouble the officials had to take help from police but it was revealed that land mafia is actively engaged in putting up pucca structures, and settling nomads and outsiders including Bangladeshis in this area to keep the authorities at bay.
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