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Land mafia eating up state land, authorities in slumber
2/17/2017 10:40:18 PM
Early Times Report
Poonch, Feb 17: locals in Poonch district have alleged that land mafias in connivance with some black moles within forest department have encroached forest land in many rural areas of bordering district while the authorities of the department are in deep slumber.
According to the sources, Department of Social Forestry has installed its nurseries on state land and Makhsoos Kaha Charai land of Mandi, Loran, Sawjian, Shahpur, Fatehpur, Mangnar, Dhara, Dana and many other areas of Poonch ironically the department has left its property without any supervision making it vulnerable to land mafia.
Locals from Loran alleged the employees of the department having hands in glove with land mafias under conspiracy have abandoned land worth crore and plantation of lakhs of rupees, poles and protection wire.
Alleging foul play, one Wali Mohd Sheikh said encroachers have forest land with the involvement of officials.
Another local Farooq from Mandi said, "Some employees are backing land mafia, which in connivance with employees of concerned (forest) department and revenue department have grabbed thousands of kanals state land.
Locals also have alleged that District Forest Officer (Social Forestry) and other officials allegedly are standing like mute spectator to all this reasons better known to them.
They said that they also have called on Deputy Commissioner Poonch Mohammed Harun Malik, but action is still awaited. Now they have urged to chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and Forest Minister Lal Singh to take strong action against erring social forestry department so that the public property may protected from encroachers.
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