Outer wall and main gate of a politician’s residence demolished

Srinagar: J&K government on Wednesday demolished the outer wall of the residence of National Conference General Secretary and former minister Ali Mohammad Sagar in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

NC has called the action “a political vendetta” and “misuse” of government machinery

Officials said the demolition of NC leader’s outer wall and the main gate as well as the entry of the guard room was carried out at Humhuma on the outskirts of Srinagar by a joint team from the district administration.
They said the structure – near the Srinagar airport which was demolished – stood on state land.

The government officials in Budgam confirmed that there was an ongoing demolition drive taking place in the district.

“We have been carrying out an anti-encroachment drive in Budgam and several kanals of government land have been retrieved,” a senior official said. “ We have also issued notices to the encroachers before going for the demolition.”

J&K government has set a January 31 deadline to remove encroachments from state land, including Kahcharai (grazing land), and the land that fell under the Roshni scheme. While there has been an uproar over the government order, the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has stressed that the poor people would not be touched and only powerful people who misused their position to encroach upon the State land would be evicted.

Sagar is the first top politician of J&K whose outhouse has been demolished.

NC condemned the action. “Such actions of the government clearly smack of political vendetta, and the misuse of government machinery for the same,” NC statement said.

Party spokesperson Sarah Hayat Shah said the government demolished the gate and the garage which is the main entrance to the house.

“It was obviously a pre-planned move, after withdrawing the security at the party leader’s Humhama house…. They didn’t even allow the belongings to be taken out. Started the demolition when no one was at home. No notice was ever served. If this isn’t political vendetta, what is?,” she asked.


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