Srinagar, June 21, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, Kashmiri Pandits have complained that the Indian authorities are forcing them to sell their land and live in separate colonies, planned by the government of India and its local collaborators for migrant Pandits in the territory.
Professor Ashok Kumar Pandit, a retired professor of Environmental Sciences — like several of his fellows — is opposing establishment of colonies for the migrant Pandits in Pulwama. As the puppet administration has identified land in Haal village of Pulwama district for accommodation of migrant Pandits, the likes of Prof Kumar say the move is “unacceptable to us.”
Kumar, a 63-year-old non-migrant Pandit from Haal, Pulwama, and his family moved to Indra Nagar Srinagar as all of them, except his mother, worked in the summer capital. But he did not sell any land at his ancestral village. “I am a non-migrant and I have my land and property at Haal. I never sold it and will never sell it. I neither migrated to Jammu nor will I uproot myself from my village,” he told media.
“It is astonishing that the administration is acquiring land of migrants as well as non-migrants like me for these Pandit colonies,” he said. “I have to go back to my village; use my agricultural, horticulture land and build a new house there. But I will not give my land to other Pandits who are migrants,” he said.
Sanjay Kumar Butt, a migrant Pandit of Haal, who is living in Jammu and working in a private company, has — along with 16 other residents of Haal — said, “I along with other residents have clear objection to this accommodation. We will never let our ancestral land be given to others and later reside in colonies despite having our own land.”
“We have preserved our land and house for the past 27 years and did not sell a marla because we always hoped that sometimes we can return and live on our own land, but what is the fun of preserving the property when the administration wants to snatch it and give it to others who we even don’t know,” Sanjay Kumar Butt said. A Revenue department official said, the land has been identified for the construction of Pandit colony. Haal is the last village of Pulwama district on Pulwama-Shopian road and is a densely populated.
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