In a first, Indian Army writes to Government Department for purchase of state land in Kashmir

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In a first, after the abrogation of Article 370, the Indian Army has written to a government Department seeking information about land that the army wants to purchase.

The letter titled ‘Purchase of Land by Indian Army’ mentions that troops of a particular unit are stationed on the government land at Kareri High ground near Tapperwari village, and that the army is interested in purchasing this state land.

“It is requested to inform your wish to sell the land to the Indian Army,” the letter reads.

The army has requested the government to reply by May 30 for the information regarding 129 kanals of land.

Repeated calls by Free Press Kashmir to the authorities went unanswered.

The deputy commissioner Baramulla, Dr. GN Itoo on being contacted told news agency KNO that we are busy fighting COVID-19 for last three months. “There can’t be any time diction from army to me, still I will look into it,” he said.

Tehsildar concerned was unavailable for his comments on the issue.

However, Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM), Pattan, Syed Naseer Ahmad, acknowledging the authenticity of the letter told Kashmir Monitor Journalist Firdous Hassan that he does not have any fresh information of the letter.

“I don’t have any fresh information about the letter. According to the last communication, it is a letter of requisition,” he was quoted as saying.

Recently, the government in new Domicile rules of has declared that outsiders who have lived in Jammu and Kashmir for 15 years will be able to get domicile status, which allows them to purchase land in Kashmir.


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