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24 fined Rs 25,000 each for ‘encroaching state land’ in Baramulla

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Demolitions in Shopian by Revenue Dept to retrieve 'state land'. [File Photo]

Baramulla: Tehsildar Wagoora in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district passed eviction orders and imposed a fine of Rs 25, 000 each on twenty-four identified persons who had “again encroached upon the evicted state land” within the tehsil.

Tehsildar Wagoora, Mubashir Amin (JKAS) told KNO that the move was taken to send a stern message to the “encroachers” over grabbing the government land.

“During the anti-encroachment drives carried out time and again, at least 170 kanals of state/kahcharai land was retrieved from the encroachers at Kachwa Maqam area of the tehsil and was later handed over to the Rural Development Department for undertaking various kinds of development including developing playgrounds for the youth. However, the miscreants later again encroached upon the evicted land, forcing us to take this harsh step,” he said.

So far, 24 people have been identified, who have grabbed the “state land again and are creating hurdles” in the developmental activities undertaken by the government, Amin said, adding that the identified encroachers were also called in his chamber and cautioned against encroaching the land again, but despite warnings, they didn’t desist.

Meanwhile, warning the encroachers to desist from violating the government directives in the future and asking them to remove the encroachments immediately, the Tehsildar said they have decided to impose a fine of Rs 25,000 each on the 24 identified persons.

The JK administration earlier instructed all Deputy Commissioners to ensure that all encroachments are removed to the extent of 100 percent by January 31, 2023.

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