“No eviction of tribals from state lands without TAD nod”
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JAMMU: Accusing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of spearheading ‘a bigoted, communal and Islamo-fascist campaign of demographic change in the Jammu Province, Advocate Ankur Sharma, a practicing lawyer in Jammu and Kashmir High Court, on Wednesday said that she has become instrumental in inflicting open injuries to Hindu, Sikh and Dogra sentiments in the State.
“Recent directions by the Chief Minister to top echelons of the civil and police administration with regard to tribals are worrisome”, Advocate Sharma said at a crowded press conference while referring to the minutes of meeting held here on February 14, 2018, convened to discuss, inter-allia eviction of tribals (Gujjars and Bakerwals) from allegedly encroached state and forest lands in Jammu.
Advocate Sharma distributed the copies of the minutes of the meeting among the media persons.
Referring to the related portions of the minutes of the meeting, presided over by the Chief Minister and attended by top officials of the police and civil administration, Ankur Sharma said the decisions taken seem to be driven by ‘Majoritarian, Islamo-fascist, hegemonic agenda of destroying the demography and cultural identity of Hindus, Sikhs and Dogras of the Jammu Province.
“The decisions pertaining to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs are not only aimed at providing administrative immunity to the land grabbers and bovine smugglers of particular religion in the Jammu Province but also appear to be an open invitation and encouragement to occupy and grab more lands in Jammu without fear of law and indulging with impunity in bovine smuggling and slaughter,” Advocate Ankur told the media.
He said Mehbooba Mufti has directed the IGP Jammu, police authorities and all the Deputy Commissioners not to provide any police protection for eviction of tribals without the approval obtained from Tribal Affairs Department (TAD).
“This essentially means that the provisions of CrPC, RPC, Land Revenue Act, and other penal laws of the criminal justice system shall not be invoked against the tribals (Gujjar and Bakarwals) even if they commit a crime under the express provisions of these penal laws,” Advocate Ankur observed, adding that the Chief Minister has also directed the officers that till a formal tribal policy is formulated and issued, tribal population shall not be disturbed or dislocated.
“In case it becomes absolutely necessary to dislocate any member or family of tribal population, the same should be done in prior consultation with the Tribal Affairs Department”, he said, quoting the minutes of the meeting.
Advocate Ankur said this fundamentally means that all those tribals, who are ‘infamous for encroaching State, forest, and private lands, especially in Hindu dominated areas’ will be able to do it with impunity and active support of the State machinery backed by the Chief Minister herself.
He said Mehbooba Mufti has directed the officers that given the misuse of Section 188 RPC and Animal Cruelty Act against the tribals in a situation when animal rearing is their profession and they are required to transport their animals from one place to another, they (officers) should take due care while dealing with such cases.
“Such an order essentially means that tribals, who are infamous for carrying out bovine smuggling and cow slaughter will be able to do it with impunity, without fear given the active backing of Mehbooba Mufti”, Advocate Sharma said.
Expressing anguish and concern over, what he called, brazen decisions and instructions, Advocate Sharma said this will unequivocally insulate all those tribals, who are illegally in possession of government or private lands as well as those, who indulge in bovine smuggling from any action from the government. He alleged that these decisions also provide immunity to all those tribals, who intend to capture government as well as private lands in the future.
“It is a well known fact that the fraudulent grabbing of government lands, as well as private lands in Jammu has been done primarily by members of one community”, he said while observing that nobody has any doubt that Roshni Act was brought into force to accelerate the demographic change of the Jammu Province.
Advocate Sharma said that the intervention of the Chief Minister to provide immunity to those, who have already grabbed the lands and also to those, who intend to do so in future is not only illegal, criminal but driven by communal fascist motivations.
“Hindus of Jammu can no longer be hoodwinked and are well aware that an Islamist agenda is unfolding fast in the Jammu Region, spearheaded by the Chief Minister”, he said adding that Hindus, Sikhs and Dogras of Jammu are face to face with a war like situation, endangering their cultural and religious identity.
“They cannot overlook various dimensions of the demographic assault on Jammu, which started with ethnic cleansing of Hindus from the Valley; funded and subsidised colonisation of Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Udhampur; regularizing fraudulent land grab through Roshni Act, denial of Minority Rights to Non-Muslims of J&K; planned settling of illegal immigrants-Rohingyas and Bangladeshi Muslims-in Jammu, induced migration of Muslims from Kashmir and encouragement to grab more lands without the threat of any governmental action”, Advocate Ankur Sharma asserted.
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