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Govt usurping KPs houses in Devsar in Kulgam: APMCC
Vinod Pandit, APMCC chairman, recently alleged that the state government has usurped Kashmiri Pandits land and houses in Devsar to force the migration of the vulnerable group. He also said that the government has violated law by doing so
ALL PARTY Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) chairman Vinod Pandit has alleged that the state government has usurped Kashmiri Pandits land and houses in Devsar without compensation and in violation of Distress Property Sale Act of the government.
Vinod Pandit has alleged that the state government is constructing the Lift Irrigation Project at Devsar in Kulgam district where the local administration is forcibly taking over the land and residential houses of Kashmiri Pandit Migrants as well as Non-Migrants without any compensation or their consent.

APMCC yesterday (Februaru 28) convened a meeting of its office bearers to discuss the grave problems being faced by the migrants with regard to the encroachment of their properties by the land mafia as well as the government.

Taking a strong note of the development Vinod said that when the administration has ulterior motives for the KPs property how can government claim to be the watchdog of its citizens or the so called migrants return formula.

He said that Irrigation Department was laying huge irrigation pipes through the residential premises of the Pandits in Devsar only to harass them and force the migration of those who have stayed in the Valley despite all odds.

Resenting the move, Vinod asked Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to order immediate probe before the residential houses of the migrants as well as non migrants are pulled down by these over enthusiastic administrators adding this is not only the violation of distress property sale act but also a ploy to keep migrants out of the village and force fresh migration of those who still live there.

He said that despite tall claims of the government of protecting migrant property and with Migrants Property Sale Act in place, the DC, who is the custodian of the migrant property is allowing the laying of huge irrigation pipes through their residential premises.

Warning the government of serious consequences if the work was not stopped immediately, he said that local administration is turning a deaf ear to their repeated pleas.
Vinod said that local administration has ulterior motives as the alignment of the pipe laying has been done in a way that many houses of the Kashmiri Pandits come in the way so that their property is usurped and their houses pulled down, adding no such house of the majority community is being pulled down for the purpose.

He said that his organisation has already moved a representation to the chief minister in this regard but the government seems hell-bent upon harassing the Pandits thus negating its own return and rehabilitation programme for the migrants.

Warning the government, Vinod said that if the government fails to protect their rights Pandits would  be left with no option but to lodge a strong protest at Devsar itself besides approaching National Human Rights Commission and courts to seek justice, adding APMCC would also initiate a strong agitation in Jammu in this regard..
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