AJKPC opposes Modi regime’s proposed anti-encroachment drive

Jammu, January 16, 2023 (PPI-OT):All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC), a body of elected Panchayat members, has opposed the Modi regime’s so-called anti-encroachment drive that is all meant to displace hundreds of innocent Muslim families from their homes and shops across Jammu region. Anil Sharma, the President of the Panchayat body, in a statement in Jammu said, “Our organisation opposes this drive as it will rob people of the land and properties”.

After meeting the PRI members of Kashmir region in Jammu, Sharma said he had been apprised by the Panches and Sarpanches that the revenue officers have been putting pressure on the elected Panchayat members to assist them in evacuating the people from their lands and properties. In some cases, he said, the revenue officials have even threatened the Panchayat representatives of dire consequences in case they don’t join the anti-encroachment drive.

“But let me be very clear and categorical that none of our Panchayat representatives will join the administration in dispossessing the innocent people of their lands and properties,” Sharma said. Other AJKPC functionaries who met Sharma also resolved that all the 40,000 plus PRIs are united to oppose the “Modi government’s proposed move of ruining people’s lives by damaging their homes and sources of livelihood”.

The prominent AJKPC members who attended the meeting include BDC Chairperson Bandipora, Shabeer Ahmed Khan, Shahnawaz, Riyaz Khan, Mohammad Younis, Ashaq Hussain Parey, Hilal Ahmed Khan, Jawad Salim Mir, Minnu Mohammad Butt, Nazeer Ahmed Mir, and Syed Mohammad Syed. It is worth mentioning here that Indian occupation authorities have unleashed the drive to demolish the houses of Muslims in several areas of Jammu region in the name of anti-encroachment campaign.

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