Sumbal:Large scale encroachments have taken place in Sumbal area of North Kashmirs Bandipora district as authorities have failed to take action against those who have occupied the state land comprising 3000 kanals.
According to locals at Pethpora Sumbal vested interest elements have planted trees and even constructed buildings on the state land while recently district administration restored thousands of Kanals of this encroached State land besides axing down thousands of trees. However, on ground, locals say, nothing has changed.
Locals said the local administration is axing trees planted on state land on the direction of High Court and the administration including Tehsildar sumbal is portraying it as restoring the state land. No encroachment is being removed by admin as they are hand in glove with encroachers. A month before thousands of trees were axed but after few days vested interest elements again occupied state land and planted the trees again, a group of people told CNS alleging that district administration Bandipora has been deceiving the high court by enacting a drama of anti- encroachment drives.
They alleged that there is nexus between some administrative officials and land mafia as a result the vast stretch of state land that was used for grazing animals has been occupied by mafia.
When contacted SDM Sonawari said that directions have already been passed to Tehsildar concerned to look into the matter and evacuate occupiers from the state land. it is a serious matter. People who have indulged in encroachments will be taken to task, he said. (CNS)
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