Roshni Scam: Poor family gets notice, asking to vacate

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SRINAGAR — Days after several big names were made public involved in Roshni scam, the authorities in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district has served notice to a poor family, asking them to immediately vacate the place, which according to the owner has been allotted to him through proper and legal procedure.

Farooq Ahmad Jan, a resident of Nazukh Mohalla area of Anantnag district, said that he was allotted two marlas under Roshni Act for which he has also deposited Rs 95,000 as lavvy in the year 2007 when there was Congress regime in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Jan further stated that he had followed each and every procedure then to get the land, adding that he has built his house there on the land and also some shops, which is on rent and thus has become a sole source of income for them.

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He added that in case the land will be snatched from him, he will not only lose his residential house, but the source of income too. “I have not done anything illegal. I have followed every procedure announced by the then government and even paid mandatory 60 per cent of rate fixed by the government for the piece of land,” Jan said.

Jan added that the district administration has now served him a notice, asking him to vacate the place within a week or two, adding, “I tried to visit the concerned Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office but couldn’t meet the officials as they remained busy in elections.”

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The poor man from Anantnag, who was a driver before pandemic, said, “We want the authorities to look into it thoroughly. I am ready to cooperate if I have illegally occupied even an inch of the land else than what I have got through procedure in 2007.”

Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anantnag Kuldeep Krishan Sidha couldn’t be contacted for comments as he didn’t receive the phone calls.

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