Srinagar: Days after several big names in Jammu and Kashmir allegedly involved in the Roshni land scam were made public, authorities in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district have served a notice to a poor family, asking them to immediately vacate their land, KNO reported. The owner says the land has been allotted to him through a proper and legal procedure.
Farooq Ahmad Jan, a resident of Nazukh Mohalla area of Anantnag district, said that he was allotted two marlas under the Roshni Act for which he has deposited Rs 95,000 as levy in the year 2007 during the Congress regime in J&K.
Jan further said that he has followed each and every procedure that was in place then to get the land, adding that he has built his house and some shops on the land.
He has given the shops on rent which has become a sole source of income for them since.
He added that in case the land is snatched from him, he will not only lose his residential house but his source of income too. “I have not done anything illegal. I have followed every procedure announced by the then government and even paid mandatory 60 per cent of the rate fixed by the government for the piece of land,” Jan said.
Jan added that the district administration has now served him a notice, asking him to vacate the place within a week or two.
“I tried to visit the concerned Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office but couldn’t meet the officials as they remained busy in elections,” he said.
The poor man from Anantnag, who was a driver before the pandemic, said that he wants the authorities to look into his matter thoroughly. “I am ready to cooperate if I have illegally occupied even an inch of the land else than what I have got after following the due procedure in 2007.”
Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anantnag Kuldeep Krishan Sidha could not be contacted for comments as he did not receive the phone calls. (KNO)