Major attempt to grab 20 kanal forest land foiled in Sunjwan

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 18: The Forest team assisted by Police and Revenue officials foiled yet another major attempt of some people to grab forest land in Sunjwan area today.
Official sources said that Forest official at Divisional Forest Office Jammu came to know about the land grabbing operation under Forest Khasra No. 1468, in Compartment No. 6 Chowadi of Bahu Forest Range by a local PDP leader and some other land mafia men in the morning.
The Forest officials along with Forest Protection Force men rushed to the spot. They also informed SDPO Jammu East Jamwal and DC Jammu about the matter and sought assistance. The Forest team reached the spot but the land mafia men who were about 40-50 in number and apparently prepared to wage clash, did not stop the work. They had minor scuffle with officials and exchange of hot words but they continued work for few hours.
Later, the Forest Range Officer and Naib Tehsildar on the spot along with Incharge Police Post requested the SDPO concerned to send some more force, then after long time the Administration sent ACR Jammu and some reinforcement on the spot. The work was then stopped without much violence.
A senior Forest officer said that this is the same place where Tehsildar was attacked by land- mafia men few days back. As per record 16 kanal has already been grabbed by one Rashid Malik, Yousuf and his few men while they were trying to grab about 23 kanal more, which is purely forest land as fresh joint demarcation was conducted recently. He alleged that two FIRs have already been registered by Forest Department against the accused persons but no action has been taken against them so far.
He alleged that land grabbers have broken fencing and forest pillars and also used JCB to clear the forest land.