Shabby Affairs:SDM and NT transferred for initiating action against encroacher

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Anantnag: Sub-Divisional Magistrate Pahalgam and Naib Tehsildar Aishmuqam were transferred under political influence after they tried to dismantle illegal structures on the State Land in the district.

Local sources informed news agency CNS that one Ghulam Muhammad Ganai of Chhansingh Pora village of Aishmuqam town of South Kashmir Anantnag district has grabbed state land comprising 2.5 kanals. The said person according to sources is busy in raising a residential house on the state land.

Sources added that SDM Pahalgam Nisar Ahmed Nisar and Naib Tehsildar Aishmuqam Ghulam Hasan had sent a team to dismantle the structure after locals filed a complaint. However, ironically, both the officials were transferred within a day under political pressure.

Locals alleged that encroacher has been raising illegal structure on the behest of Tehsildar Pahalgam, a charge denied by him.

The transferred officials are tight lipped. Naib Tehsildar declined to comment on the issue while SDM Nisar Ahmed Nisar who has been shifted to Civil Secretariat said that his action may have been the reason of his transfer. He however quickly added that his transfer was due.

Tehsildar Pahalgam, Ghulam Rasool Bhat told CNS that whole population in the village has occupied state land. “We are helpless to initiate action against the encroachers as there are dozens of houses that belong to minority community,” he said and claimed that illegal structures will be dismantled. (CNS)

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