Jammu & Kashmir

‘Stop bulldozing our homes’: PDP members protest over ongoing demolitions in JK

Peoples Democratic Party members protest against what they say ‘bulldozer policy’ initiated by JK Admin, in Srinagar on February 7, 2023.

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday staged a protest march in Srinagar against what they say ‘bulldozer policy’ initiated by the Jammu and Kashmir administration.

The protesting PDP members marched from the PDP office near Municipal Park towards traffic headquarters and raised slogans against BJP and LG administration.

They were carrying placards in their hands that read different slogans like ‘Kashmir for Kashmiris’, ‘Stop ruling Jammu and Kashmir like a colony’, ‘Landless, jobless, homeless,’ ‘Stop bulldozing our homes.’

While talking to reporters one of the PDP members, Mohit Bhan, said that the BJP government has been dispossessing the people of Jammu and Kashmir from their land and homes. He said demolition exercise was being carried out through the arbitrary use of bulldozers to invent homelessness in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said in New Delhi colonies under ‘illegal occupation’ are being regularized while in Jammu and Kashmir, the land from natives is being snatched.

The protesters alleged that the BJP government is using police to suppress them. They said the bulldozer policy should be halted without any delay.

The protesters amid sloganeering said that the honor and dignity of the people of Kashmir are being trampled and disturbance is created to add woes to the hardships of people.

One of the protesters said that for BJP, JK does not mean much but has been often used to further their alleged agenda of communal hatred.

“People are being humiliated. They have no say, no access to power corridors. Law is not being followed. Stick approach is pursued to crush common people,” said the protesters.

Pertinently, the demolition drive in Jammu and Kashmir is going on for the past many weeks as the administration has ordered the seizure of “state land” and the removal of structures built on it. [KNT]

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