JAMMU, Sept 2: Stepping up its campaign against illegal settlement of Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants in Jammu, the National Secular Forum (NSF) today questioned the people sitting at the helm of affairs for facilitating power supply to them unauthorizedly and that too at highly subsidized rates.
Addressing a press conference here, NSF State president Dr Vikas Sharma said that the Power Development Department (PDD) sanctioned as many as 7273 connections to the Rohingyas and Bangladeshis presently putting up in Jhuggies at different places like Karyani Talab, Rakia Nallah, Narwal Bala, Sunjwan, Bhathindi and its adjoining areas from 2008 to Feb 2017.
“The illegal immigrants have been provided with the electricity connections whereas the genuine State subjects of the State are being made to run from pillar to post to get connection. It speaks volume about the larger plan to settle the illegal immigrants in Jammu wherein the people sitting at the helm of affairs facilitating the same at the instance of their political bosses,” he alleged.
Questioning the criminal silence of BJP leaders over this issue, the NSF chief said that when BJP was out of power, its leaders were vociferous for the cause of Jammu people but after coming to power they too have sided with the Kashmir bosses and couldn’t muster courage to oppose the illegal settlements in Jammu.
Asking the PDD Minister (Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh) to immediately issue an order to disconnect all electricity connections to these illegal immigrants, the NSF chief threatened to launch an agitation against Govt if no action is taken. He also asked the State Government to throw out those illegal immigrants who were eating vitals of Jammu and vitiating the atmosphere of this peaceful city.
Among those, who were present in the press-conference, included, Rishikesh Rana, Pardeep Sharma, Anshu Sharma, and Rahul Sharma.