Rajouri family alleges MC selling shops built on pvt land

Aggrieved Rajouri family members addressing press conference on Monday.
Aggrieved Rajouri family members addressing press conference on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, July 24: A family from Rajouri today appealed the people not to purchase shops or any other property built illegally by Municipal Council Rajouri on their personal land in sheer violation of norms and law.
An elderly person, Bhola Ram Sharma working as painter during press conference along with his sons and other family members claimed that in Bela Colony area of Rajouri town, they have a piece of ancestral land in Khasra No 117, 118, 118/1 with total measurement of around 34 kanals including a water mill (Gharaat).
They said that this land is properly and completely registered in all kinds of records including Revenue records with all documents are available and it (land) is their ancestral one and their fore fathers used to do farming on it. The family members said that Municipal Council Rajouri in a sheer violation of law and norms initially started construction of a bus stand on this land which was completely illegal as on one hand they started construction on agriculture land without its conversion. Moreover, they had no information about it.
“ We knocked the doors of court in 2019 since then the matter is sub judice. The Municipal Council is well aware of it but it continued the work of bus stand for Darhal, Thannamandi route vehicles and shops while no compensation was ever paid to them.” the aggrieved family members said.
They added that multiple RTIs have been filed before all the concerned departments to share revenue papers of land on which bus stand has been built but no reply of the RTIs has been gien so far.
The members further said that now MC Rajouri has started auctioning of shops on this site which itself is illegal.
“ We request all the people of Rajouri not purchase disputed shops as the matter was still sub judice, “ they cautioned.