Admin initiates action against NC leader for ‘illegal collection’ of rent on encroached govt land at Aishmuqam

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Anantnag January 30: District Administration Anantnag has initiated action against senior National Conference leader and former legislator from Pahalgam constituency Altaf Kaloo and his close relatives for encroachment on Shamilat 4 land and illegal collection of rent.

As per a senior revenue official, a patch of Shamilat 4 land in excess of 100 kanals at Estate Jammu in Aishmuqam has been delineated as Proprietary land by tampering with revenue records. The former legislator has been receiving rent on this piece of land while factually the said land is Shamilat 4 land and belongs to the community.

The said land has been rented out to the armed forces against a payment of rent. As per official sources, the matter is currently under investigation and the quantum of rent received fraudulently from the armed forces is being assessed and shall be recovered.

While the tampered revenue records have already been expunged by way of legal procedures, the rent shall be recovered after assessment of the amount in coordination with armed forces.

It was learnt that the former legislator is also under scanner for encroachment on migrant land at various places in Estate Grandish in Aishmuqam. A senior official said that a couple of such mutations have come under the scanner in which proper procedure has not been adopted and the matter is under investigation. (kns)

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