Srinagar: Despite receiving directions from Chief Ministers Secretariat, Deputy Inspector General of Police Central Kashmir Range, Deputy Commissioner Budgam and other officials to clear encroachment on common pathway, Tehsildar Khag and Station House Officer Police Station Khag in Central Kashmir’s Budgam District according to locals have not only over-ruled the directions but contrary trained guns against the complainants who are the locals from Beigh Mohalla village of Khag town.
Residents from village Khag Beigh Mohalla had complained to police and civil administration about the encroachment of a common pathway by a group of people. “We knocked at every door. Inspection teams confirmed the encroachment while Chief Ministers Secretariat directed district administration to remove the encroachment and initiate action against the encroachers, however, Station House Officer Police Station and Tehsildar Khag didn’t allow any official to implement the order. Neither they removed the encroachment nor took any action but contrary started harassing us and asked us to maintain silence,” a group of locals who appeared in Press Enclave Srinagar along with documents told news agency CNS.
Interestingly the aggrieved locals displayed a document with the seal and signatures of DIG Central Kashmir Range. In his communiqué to SDPO Magam dated 17/5/2016, DIG Central Kashmir writes: “What type of SHO we have in police station Khag? He appears to be totally non-sense. Deal personally and let me know.”
“DIG sahab is very cooperative and we had hoped that after his intervention, encroachment will be cleared but that didn’t happen,” they said. They also displayed the documents with signatures of top officials from different departments including Revenue wherein the officials directed the concerned authority to remove the encroachment.
“The irony is that in this regard the office of the Deputy Commissioner Budgam received an order vide number CMS/Gen/Ocy/655/2016 from Chief Minister’s Secretariat asking DC Budgam to implement it in letter and spirit. However no action was taken,” they said and alleged that district officials from Budgam even mislead CM Secretariat claiming that road has been cleared for the movement.
Tehsildar Khag Bashir Ahmed Haqani said that encroached road has been cleared, a claim refuted by locals.
SDPO Magam told CNS that five months ago they had removed the encroachment but added that he doesn’t know about the present status. “I will just check it,” he said. Station House Officer Khag Muhammad Aslam Chowdary said that they have registered a formal case against the encroacher and even cleared the road. “My job was to provide protection to the demolishing team that had arrived in the area on the directions of Tehsildar that I did,” he said. (CNS)
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.