Er Rasheed condemns anti-encroachment drive in Jammu | KNO

Er Rasheed condemns anti-encroachment drive in Jammu | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, December 22 (KNO) : Expressing deep concern over efforts of administration to bulldoze colonies of Muslim dominated areas in Jammu region, AIP President Er Rasheed on Saturday condemned the anti-encouragement drive in Beli Chadana where hundreds of policemen along with JDA authorities were deputed to demolish the Gujjar population. In a statement issued to KNO, Er Rasheed said, “The way early in this morning authorities raided Beli Chadana locality and tried to demolish the houses of inhabitants is condemnable and Government should never be selective and communal in its approach.” “There is no justification for shelling and Lathicharge on innocent inhabitants. One should not forget that their ancestors have been either massacred in 1947 or have forced to flee to Pakistan, leaving their huge properties here, which were later occupied by people of other communities,” he said. He said that on 3rdof February this year, state assembly was told that there are twenty one unauthorized colonies in Jammu City but one has a right to ask why only Muslim dominated colonies are being targeted. “Not even a single unauthorized colony of other community is being disturbed. There are thousands of non-state subjects residing in Qasim Nagar, Bhagwati Nagar, Talab Tulu, Trikoota Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Channi Himant and various other places but no one speaks about them and euphoria is being created about few families of Rohangiya Muslims and Gujars who are the original state subjects of Jammu,” he said. “Unfortunately, Shiv Senha and BJP have been constantly indulging In propaganda against the Muslim population in Beli Chadana and Niki Tawi and state administration is providing these forces all the logistic and other support to implement their polarized and communal agenda. Everyone knows that congress leader Raman Bhala has facilitated settlement of thousands of non-state subject families only to strengthen his vote bank and they have managed all necessary documents including Ration Cards and Aadhar Cards, but no one talks about that grave issue,” he added. Er Rasheed urged Governor Satpal Malik to immediately intervene and stop the situation from getting polarized and must direct authorities not to treat the local population like occupants. He also demanded a white paper from the government to let people know how many illegal occupants are living in Jammu province and how they managed to become state subjects. Er Rasheed added that government is duty bound to rehabilitate the land less Gujjars and people of other tribes and communities as they are the state subjects not any invaders.(KNO)