Jammu & Kashmir

‘Presume them dead’: JK Admin bans sale of agriculture land belonging to ‘missing persons’

A wide view of an agricultural field in Kashmir. [FPK File Photo]

Srinagar: As the drive to demolish structures on ‘state land’ continues in Jammu and Kashmir, the administration of the union territory has directed tehsildars to prevent the sale of agricultural land belonging to “missing people” by their relatives or the use of crop revenues by unauthorised parties.

The administration has instructed tehsildars to issue no revenue paperwork for such land and to declare these missing people to be “presumed dead”, The Indian Express reported.

The report quoting the order, which was issued on January 31 by the Divisional Commissioner’s office in Kashmir, it is believed that these properties are being used to fund militancy.

Pertinently, the JK administration on January 9, issued a circular directing the deputy commissioners of the Union territory to ensure that “all encroachments on state land” were removed “to the extent of 100% by 31st January 2023”.

The demolition drive has picked its pace in both Jammu and Kashmir districts. Locals allege that they did not receive any prior notices from the administration.

Many of them also allege that they had documents proving ownership of their properties, but the authorities did not give them an opportunity to present their claims before running bulldozers over their homes.

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