5 kanal land retrieved in Handwara from Zahoor Ahmad Watali

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Kupwara: The authorities Monday said it retrieved 5 kanal land allegedly occupied by Zahoor Ahamd Watali during the ongoing eviction drive in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

An official said that a Revenue Department team along with Police retrieved 5 lanal of illegally encroached Kahcharai land allegedly from the occupation of Zahoor Ahmad Watali, a top businessman, who is under the probe scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in charges of terror funding and his purported links with banned Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba.

“The land has been retrieved from Kachiwara Handwara which is the ancestral village of Watalis who during early 90s left the place and settled in Srinagar,” he said.

The official said that the cost of retrieved land runs in crores of rupees.

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