JAMMU: Shiv Sena Jammu and Kashmir unit today staged a vigorous protest against the eviction drive initiated by the government demanding allotment of lands to those people who have been in possession of land since decades.
Led by Manish Sahni, President Shiv Sena, J&K, Shiv Sena leaders assembled near Party office in Jammu and raised slogans while displaying placards “Don’t make the public homeless and unemployed”, “Stop dictatorship”, etc. Sahni said that the government should also carry out the process of allotting land with verbal assurances.
Talking to reporters, Sahni said that almost every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir is in panic after the government has initiated anti-encroachment drive. He said the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir is continuously assuring the people that the poor people will not be harassed, but the manner in which the notices and action to remove the encroachments are being executed by the district administration, people cannot believe this. He said that the same land had been given by the government itself for their homes and farming purposes.
Sahni said that a showroom in Malik Market was raided with bulldozers on the very next day after the assurance of the Additional Deputy Commissioner to end the protest against this campaign of the government at Idgah in Bathindi area of Jammu. Sahni, while strongly condemns the stone pelting by the angry mob, appealed that the administration should not test the patience of the public.
“Due to the demolition of someone’s residence or business establishment, how many people will be unemployed, how many families were affected due to closure of business establishments. The administrative officers who have executed this campaign have no idea about it,” he said, urging the Lieutenant Governor not to harass such people who have been in possession of land since decades and running their livelihood from small chunks of land provided by the successive regime of erstwhile state.
Among others who joined the protest include Secretary Vikas Bakshi, Vice President Balwant Singh, Raj Singh, Shashipal, Titu Sehgal, Naresh Kumar, Shivan Raina, Mohit Kaul, Vijay Singh, Rajesh, Neelam, Jagdish Singh, Bittu ji Bhatt, Sikandar Singh, Ashok Chib and many others were present.