Indian defence ministry grabbing 3800 kanals of land in IHK

Srinagar, June 17, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, in a bid to consolidate New Delhi’s military occupation over occupied Kashmir, Indian Defence Ministry is acquiring 3800 Kanals land in Budgam district permanently to extend its airbase near Srinagar Airport.

The land called “Karewa-Damodar” would remain under “full control of the Defence Ministry” after land acquisition process is completed, revealed a local daily quoting official sources.

The newspaper in its report said that the Revenue Department had already completed demarcation of the land and prepared a report containing case-wise details of the territory.

The land had already been in use by the Indian Air Force for its airbase and Srinagar Airport in district Budgam. “Some portion of land is also used by Army,” the report said.

“Revenue authorities in Budgam have finally completed all the formalities for the issuance of much awaited notification under Land Requisition and Acquisition Act that will pave way for the process of land acquisition by the Defence Ministry for use by Army and Air force,” the daily reported.

According to officials the District Administration has sent a final report to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir on June 4. “Final phase of the Land acquisition process will begin after Divisional Commissioner makes necessary observations and forward the documents to Home Department,” the report added.

The land belongs to the residents of around seven villages of Budgam including Kralpora, Wathoora, Buchroo, Dev Bagh, Rangreth, Gogo, Humhama and Wavoosa.

The villagers have been fighting a legal battle with the Ministry of Defence.

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