Jammu and Kashmir: People protested against alleged land grabbing by a former minister in the name of a trust and halted the Jammu- R. S Pura National Highway at Gadigarh for more than three hours. Only after the intervention by revenue authorities and police officials made it possible to pacify the situation, eye witness narrated.
Hundreds of people of nearby area assembled at lower Gadigrah near police naka and started shouting slogans against former Health Minister, Mrs. Suman Lata Bhagat. Vijay Kumar Sharma who led the protestors said that in the name of his father-in-law, Bhagat Chajju Ram who was also a minister during his political career, the former minister’s kin allegedly grabbed a piece of land measuring 7 kanals and 11 marls. He said that the piece of government land was meant to be utilized for the construction of hospital or a college for the locals of area.
SHO Satwari on reaching spot tried pacify the situation but protestors resisted till ARO, revenue department Inderjit Bhagat intervened and assured that he will appraise the issue to Deputy Chief Minister Mr Tara Chand and Revenue Minister Mr Raman Bhalla for immediate address. Then only people dispersed off peacefully.
Panchs Sunita Sharma, Panchs Santosh Sharma, Panchs Narinder Singh, Panchs Kewal Krishen, Panchs Sunita Kumari, Panchs Sudershan Sharma, Panchs Kewal Sharma Under the leadership of Sarpanch Vijay Kumar Sharma and others Panchs, men, women and children participated in protest and shouted slogans against former minister.
Sharma warned if the matter is not solved with immediate effect and land occupied by the grabber is not released, the people will be forced to resort indefinite stir. He urged the authorities concerned to intervene to address the issue in the interest of common public.
It is important to mention that for the last few years the land grabbing and illegal encroachments by land mafia alleged in nexus with politicians, officers and influential have reached to new heights. Experts believe that one of main reason for corruption menace is land mafia culture in the state.