200-acre near IAF station in Budgam illegally acquired: BJP
Jammu, Aug 10: Alleging that 200-acre land near Indian Air Force station in central Kashmir’s Budgam district has been grabbed by private parties in connivance with government officials, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the CAG and the Ministry of Defence should probe the matter.
"It is the biggest defence land scam by the private persons in connivance with defence and state government officials in grabbing of 200 acre of land near IAF station in Budgam district," the BJP national secretary Kirit Somaiya told reporters here.
Releasing an eight-page document regarding alleged land scam, he said two private players connived with defence and revenue officials in transferring the plots to 61 people in the district.
The land grabbing and its illegal transfer had taken place between 2006 and 2010, he said, adding that No Objection Certificates (NOCs) were "silently" issued for the purpose by Revenue officials.
He demanded independent probes by the panels of CAG and MoD into the issue. "CAG and MoD should setup high-level probe teams, depute them to Srinagar and conduct probe," Somaiya said.
The BJP leader demanded Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should direct the Deputy Commissioners in all the districts to help armed forces in the land grabbing matter. He said that state government should immediately scrap the revenue records, "illegally prepared by the land grabbers" and also order a high level probe to punish the guilty. In view of proximity of the area with IAF station, he expressed that it would pose security threat.
A high-level BJP team will visit the spot and would hold talks with the officials of defence forces and the district administration in this regard, he said.
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