Hyderpora family alleges harassment by powerful businessman, authorities over property dispute

Screen grab of the video shared by Aliya Wahid on social media (Image Courtesy: The Kashmir Walla)

Woman in viral video accuses authorities, police of violating court orders

Srinagar: In apparent violation of court orders, Mukhtar Shah, a well-known hotelier and a businessman on Saturday allegedly tried to instal an Iron Gate over a disputed land with his neighbour, Late Abdul Waheed Laway.

On Saturday, in a viral video, a young woman, Aliya Wahid from Hyderpora area of Srinagar, was seen appealing for help to stop their neighbour from grabbing a disputed land.  The video showed JK police personnel including women police outside the house of Aalia where she is accusing them of harassing her mother and grandmother.

Speaking to Free Press Kashmir Aliya Wahid said that they share a common lane with their neighbour Mukhtar Shah who has a property behind their house.

“In 2019 when my father was alive Mukhtar once came to my father and told him to close the entrance from this lane. My father suspected something suspicious and informed us that Mukhtar’s intentions are not good,” Aliya recounted.

After the death of their father, Aliya Wahid said that Mukhtar thought that it was easy to take control of their shared lane (Rah-e-Aam) because he thought that there was no one to stop him now.

“But, he was wrong. We have bravely fought against his ill approach and power, and are still fighting. We have registered a case in the court and he has failed to prove in the court that the lane belongs to him. The court has ordered us to maintain status quo on the land and we should not be restricted from using this lane,” Aliya noted.

The copy of court order dated December 27, 2021 has been read by Free Press Kashmir and it has been clearly mentioned in the order that the site plan nowhere reflects that the said land has been purchased by the non-applicants (Mukhtar and his brothers).

“The site plan nowhere reflects the said area (disputed lane) is mentioned in the sale deed. That the gate which they (Mukhtar) claim was installed at the time of purchase, is not borne out from the record, neither from the revenue record nor from the site plan,” the official court order reads.

It further reveals, “the non-applicant have not placed any record on the file suggestive of the fact that the approached road is being exclusively purchased by them, they failed to satisfy the court that the approach road is being used exclusively and individually by the non-applicant.”

The court has restrained non-applicants not to cause any interference to the applicants in using the approach road.

When contacted, Mukhtar Shah, he said that the court has said to maintain the status of the land and the status of the land was that there was a gate installed on this land earlier but that it was stolen by the Laway family and for that FIR has been registered.

When asked that he has failed to prove in the court that the gate was installed there, he said “please share the court order copy with me as I am not aware of any such thing.”

He further said that it was not by his order that the gate was installed on the lane it was by the order of “Divisional Commissioner Kashmir” and revenue department.

Divisional Kashmir, Mr. Pandurang K. Pole did not respond to journalistic requests from Free Press Kashmir.

When asked is this order was in violation of court orders, Mukhtar dropped the call.

Police told Free Press Kashmir that it was following orders issued by Tehsildar South City Srinagar.

“The police Party was on the spot to assist in the implementation of order issued by Tehsildar South City Srinagar for which proper communication and request was made by concerned revenue authorities in writing. No use of force was made or any misbehaviour was done by Police. The Police party was there to aid and assist concerned revenue authorities.”

Tehsildar South City Srinagar, Rabiya Yousuf did not respond to journalistic requests from Free Press Kashmir.


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