Jammu, January 07: With two different stands on removing encroachments from state as well as the forest land, questions have been raised against the PDP-BJP coalition in the state.
As reported by a local daily, Chander Mohan Sharma who is a senior leader and state vice-president of BJP has rebuked Choudhary Zulfikar Ali, the CAPD minister and senior leader of PDP for encouraging encroachments over the state land.
“Despite encouraging the government officers who had taken the initiative to remove encroachments from 20 acres of state land, the CAPD minister has been caught instigating people to encroach upon a piece of government land situated on a prime location in the city,” said Chander Mohan Sharma
He also alleged Choudhary Zulfikar Ali of threatening the official who were removing encroachments on state land.
Pertinently, a team of the Revenue Department was removing encroachments from the land illegally occupied by some families on the banks of the Tawi river on December 31 and they were attacked by anti-encroachment squad who pelted stones on the anti encroachment squad. Several revenue officials and SHO, Nowabad got injured in the incident.
Same evening, the CAPD minister visited the area and assured people that he would look into the matter. The minister had also directed the authorities to prepare a comprehensive plan for the regularization of land encroached upon by the encroachers on the banks of the Tawi.
Report says that this evoked a strong reaction from the BJP. Several Ministers including Forest Minister Bali Bhagat said that the PDP leader is supporting land mafia responsible for prime land encroachments in the Nikki Tawi area.
However, CAPD Minister had alleged that the anti-encroachment drive was focusing on a particular community.