Amid unrest, there were encroachments in Kashmir

Some miscreants took advantage and engaged in encroachments and illegal construction in the valley.

Published: 30th August 2016 08:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th August 2016 08:10 PM   |  A+A-


Security personnel stand guard on a deserted street during the 39th day of curfew in Srinagar. | PTI


JAMMU: While Kashmir was witnessing unrest, some "miscreants" took advantage of it and engaged in encroachments and illegal construction in the valley, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said today, adding she has ordered a drive for removal of such structures. So far over 250 such structures have been dismantled, she said here.

"In Kashmir, while the situation turned bad, encroachment and illegal constructions were going on in and around Dal Lake and other places," Mehbooba said here today."Huge wrongs were done under the garb of this unrest. As people were engaged in protest rallies in Kashmir, some miscreants took advantage of it," she said, adding shops and houses were illegally constructed and wood from forests was being smuggled.

Disclosing that she had given orders for removal of the encroachments, she said over 250 illegal constructions have been dismantled so far.

"We have only land that is available to us where we can make projects in the future," the Chief Minister said. She said she had heard that "huge encroachments" had taken place in Jammu region also where some people took advantage of the unrest in Kashmir "as most of government setup is focused towards it".

"There are not only poor people who are engaged in encroachments but there are big guns engaged in these encroachments. You need to focus on them and remove encroachments," she said. "The authorities in Jammu should take a call and ensure that the illegal constructions are removed and no fresh encroachment should come up," Mehbooba said.

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