DDC Member Suchetgarh, Taranjit Singh Tony and Sarpanch Gurdyal Singh Soni were arrested for protesting in favour of families hit by Gharana wetland development as the civil administration started fencing land chunks in possession of farmers despite the High Court’s status quo order.
While protesting against the highhandedness of the administration which made a bid to encroach the land in possession of farmers through fencing exercise, dishonouring the status quo order given by a double bench of the High Court, Tony said that he would fight till his last breath to protect the rights of the farmers affected by this discriminatory action of the civil administration.
He said that the UT’s administration is acting arbitrarily without honouring the law of the land as the entire UT machinery, including civil administration and police, has despicably violated the court order by forcefully trespassing into the land chunks of farmers and starting fencing.
While demanding the development of the aforesaid bird sanctuary, which is home to thousands of migratory birds hailing from central Asia and parts of Europe, the DDC Chairman has demanded that adequate compensation should be given to the farmers whose land chunks will come under this project. He has appealed to LG’s administration that the land swapping could be done to provide justice to the farmers affected by this project, and one member of their families should be given a Government job.
Tony, however, said that instead of delivering justice, the Government had taken the arbitrary route of encroaching upon farmers’ land by using undue force, which will not be tolerated come what may. “The law of the land says that in case of emergency, if the Government has to acquire the land, 80 per cent of the compensation should have been paid to the people whose land is in question. And in this particular case, not a single penny has been paid,” Tony added.
Later considering the gravity of the situation, the administration has invited Tony and affected farmers to hold talks on the issue at the office of the Divisional Commissioner Jammu. Meanwhile, according to the police spokesman, the inhabitants of village Gharana held a protest at Daljeet Chowk RS Pura over land encroachment at Gharana Wetland.
“The accused persons namely Mittal Kumar, son of Des Raj, Nirmal Singh, son of Daleep Singh, Sushma Kumari, wife of Subash Choudhary and Vishav Choudhary, all residents of Gharana tehsil Suchetgarh district Jammu along with some other residents were protesting over the said dispute and also closed the road traffic movement”, the spokesman said.
“When police party reached on the spot and tried to solve the matter, the said accused persons started pelting stones, obstruct cops from performing their duties and as a result, some police officials also got injured”, the spokesman said, adding that a case under FIR Number 226/2021 under Sections 341, 353, 332, 336, 147, 148 and 149 IPC has been registered at Police Station RS Pura and investigation started.
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Former Minister, Pahari Tribe ST Forum delegation call on Lt Governor
Several delegations including former Minister; members of Pahari Tribe ST Forum and Youth leader from Bhaderwah today called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.
Sh. Abdul Ghani Kohli, former Minister met the Lt Governor and projected various welfare issues of Gujjar and Bakerwal communities pertaining to proper arrangements for Gujjar & Bakwerwal population in view of the winter season; tribal funds; Insurance for sheep; spreading awareness among Gujjar and Bakerwal communities regarding welfare policies & schemes, besides other concerns of the general public.
Meanwhile, a three-member delegation of the Pahari Tribe ST Forum led by Adv. Ahsan Mirza and accompanied by Adv. Gurdev Singh Thakur and Sh. Sajjad Mirza submitted a memorandum of demands to the Lt Governor pertaining to ST status for Pahari people, functioning of Pahari Advisory Board and other concerning issues of Pahari youth.
Later, Advocate Mohammad Majid Malik, a youth leader from Bhaderwah also called on the Lt Governor and apprised him about various issues of Bhaderwah including the declaration of Jammu University campus into a full-fledged University; construction of Chattargalla tunnel; the opening of Bhaderwah-Chamba and Bhaderwah-Bani road; Mini Secretariat and several youth-related issues.
While interacting with the delegations, the Lt Governor observed that J&K Government has adopted citizen-centric policies and is steadfastly working on all fronts for the development and welfare of people belonging to every community.
We are committed to making every section of society an equal stakeholder in the development process of the UT, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor assured the members of the delegations that the genuine issues put forth by them would be given due consideration. He impressed upon them to keep projecting the issues of public welfare and development of the region.
Jammu: Husband arrested for killing wife
A man was arrested for killing his 23-year-old wife and trying to mislead the investigators by projecting the murder as suicide in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday.
Nishu Devi, a resident of Pasyal Dharalta village of Batote, was found hanging at her house on January 23 and inquest proceedings were initiated to ascertain the actual cause of the death, a police spokesperson said.
He said the postmortem of the deceased was conducted at district hospital Ramban and the body handed over to legal heirs for last rites.
During the course of inquiry, parents of the deceased alleged that their daughter was murdered by her husband and his family as they had been torturing and harassing her, the spokesperson said.
Pawan Kumar, husband of the deceased, was detained and questioned. He confessed to killing his wife by strangulating her and later hung her body to pass it as a case of suicide to mislead the police, he said.
The officials said the accused was arrested and booked for murder besides attempting to bribe a public servant to escape punishment.
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