Encroachment of 2100 Kanal & Forest land

DB directs to file status report stating time period within which most of encroachments would be removed


Jammu, Mar 19: In a much publicized PIL regarding eviction of encroachers from Poonch forest Land, a Division Bench of J&K High Court Comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sindhu Sharma directed Deputy Advocate General, appearing for the respondents to seek fresh instructions and to file further status report clearly stating the time period within which most of the encroachments would be removed by the Forest Department.
DB further observed that it is expected that the Forest Department would also pinpoint the officers who were responsible for such encroachments so that necessary action may be initiated against them.
DB further said that Deputy AG may also obtain instructions in regard to 409 kanals of land which has been got vacated from the encroachers and if necessary submit documents as directed vide order dated 04.03.2020.
When the PIL Came-up for hearing, Division Bench observed that this PIL is also in connection with the unauthorized occupation of the forest land but in relation to Village Hari Tehsil Sura-nkote District Poonch.
DB further observed that it is alleged that about 2100 kanals of forest land in the said area has been encroached upon. Sh. P. N. Bhat, counsel for the petitioner disputes the factum of clearing of even 409 kanals of land. DB further said that one of the orders dated 17.7. 2019 reveals that there are about 127 encroachers on the forest land and the status report so far filed indicates that only 409 kanals of forest land has been got cleared from encroachers.
DB further said that despite constitution of a Committee to get the area encroachment free and the funds to the Forest Department in this regard, we find that nothing effective has been done so far.

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