JAMMU, Jan 15: Hundreds of leaders and workers held a protest at Panama Chowk Jammu against the land eviction order by the J&K UT government. Raising slogans ‘Land Order Wapis Karo’ ‘Administration Hosh Mei Aao’ against the order, the protesters marched to the Divisional Commssioner office and submitted the memorandum. General Secretary DAP R.S.Chib said that the party on the instructions of Chairman DAP Ghulam Nabi Azad hold a peaceful protest against the land eviction order of government. He said the time has come to stand and fight for rights in Jammu and Kashmir. “The land under Roshni act was allotted to people through the legislature of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state. It is unfortunate now those who were benefitted from the scheme are forced to vacate the land, despite the matter is sub judice before the High Court & Supreme Court. He further said that the government cannot force the eviction of the people who have legally obtained the ownership of land. where shall they go in these harsh winters,” he said.
He said the order of retrieving the state land and Khaichari and forcing the eviction of people by the end of this month is a brazen human rights violation. “The order has created panic among thousands of people. They fear becoming homeless and landless overnight with this order. It shall be revoked immediately,” he said. Vice Chairman G.M.Saroori said that when Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad was the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir he allotted the land to landless and homeless to empower them economically.
But the present dispensation seems hell bent to disempower people after snatching their resources. Provincial President Jugal Kishore said that “DAP stands with the people who are being victimized with this executive order. We will not accept it. Only the elected governments can decide the fate of people,” he said. He said the agenda of DAP is to empower the local people and we will continue our fight to seek the restoration of statehood, secure jobs and land rights. “We are not going to watch the sufferings of our people silently. We will raise the voice for them,” he added. Among others who participated in the protest were Ex Minister Choudhary Gharu Ram, Gen Secretary Vinod Mishra, Ex MLC Naresh Gupta, Ex MLA Ashok Kumar, Ex Adv General & WC member Aslam Goni, Chief Spokesperson Salman Nizami, P.R.Manhas Zonal President, Maheshwar Singh, Hira Lal Abrol, Arun Singh Raju, Prabha Salathia, Brij Mohan Sharma, Ashwani Khajuria, Gourav Chopra, Sobat Ali, Mehboob Azad, Farooq Shikari, Gurmeet Kaur, Ashwani Handa, Vishal Chopra, Santosh Magotra, Ashok Bhagat, Sunita Arora, Rajini Sharma, Priti Khajuria, Pritam Kotwal, Anoop Khajuria, Ashutosh Raina, Pinky Manhas, Nirmal Singh Mehta, Alyas Wani, Asghar Rasool, Nabeel Khalid, Shakeel Singh Bhagat, O.P.Bhagat, Jai Ram Bhagat, Shabir Khan, Fatima Shikari, Sheikh Shabir, Ramesh Parihar, Girdari Lal Bhav & others.