New Delhi: Democratic Azad Party chief Ghulam Nabi Azad called upon Union Home Minister Amit Shah to apprise him of the issues of land evictions in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement, the DAP said that Ghulam Nabi Azad met Amit Shah and apprised him of the serious unrest and uncertainty prevailing among the public due to the eviction circular issued by the UT administration, which asked all deputy commissioners to evict state land.

Nearly 23,000 hectares of state and ‘kacharai’ land were retrieved during the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in different districts of the Jammu division recently.

Taking to Twitter, Azad said he met Amit Shah on Wednesday regarding the land eviction issues in Jammu and Kashmir. “Met union Home minister Amit Shah Ji regarding land eviction issues in J&K. Apprised him about the prevailing unrest & uncertainty among the common people who are forced to vacate the properties which are otherwise recognized by successive regimes. Amit Shah Ji assured me no small landholders who constructed houses will be touched!” said Azad, in a series of tweets.

The DAP chairman said that he informed the home minister that most of the people who held small land and built houses in the last few decades are migrants and are mostly victims of militancy, “as well as victims of abnormal situations arising from time to time, being a border state.”

The DAP statement further said that Azad had raised the same issue with LG Manoj Sinha, who also assured him of taking necessary action with a concrete land policy for small landholders.

By Archana

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