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Anantnag Admin initiates action against former NC legislator for collecting rent on ‘encroached land’

A file Photo of a land in Kashmir.

Anantnag: District Administration Anantnag has initiated action against senior National Conference leader and former legislator from Pahalgam constituency Altaf Kaloo and his close relatives alleged of encroachment on Shamilat 4 land and illegal collection of rent.

As per a senior revenue official, a patch of Shamilat 4 land in excess of 100 kanals at Estate Jammu in Aishmuqam has been delineated as Proprietary land by tampering with revenue records. “The former legislator and his close relations have been receiving rent on this piece of land while factually the said land is Shamilat 4 land and belongs to the community.”

The said land has been rented out to the armed forces against a payment of rent. As per official sources, the matter is currently under investigation and the quantum of rent received fraudulently from the armed forces is being assessed and shall be recovered.

While the tampered revenue records have already been expunged by way of legal procedures, the rent shall be recovered after assessment of the amount in coordination with armed forces.

It was learnt that the former legislator is also under scanner for alleged encroachment on migrant land at various places in Estate Grandish in Aishmuqam.

A senior official said that a couple of such mutations have come under the scanner in which proper procedure has not been adopted and the matter is under investigation.

Meanwhile, the District Administration Anantnag today took over an ‘illegal’ commercial structure belonging to Ex MLA Homeshalibugh and National Conference Senior Leader, Abdul Majeed Larmi at LG Pora.

The structure had been erected by ‘encroaching’ on Shamilat 4 land close to NH44. The property is situated on a prime piece of land. As per reports, the property worth over Rs 50 lakhs including the land was being rented out to various businesses.

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