SHRC seeks report from govt after PaK migrants asked to vacate ‘State’ land

Following the news reports, Ahsan Untoo, chairperson International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, filed a petition with the SHRC.

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Mar 20 2018 12:06AM | Updated Date: Mar 20 2018 12:06AM
SHRC seeks report from govt after PaK migrants asked to vacate ‘State’ land

Days after the migrants from Pakistan-administered Kashmir were asked to vacate ‘State land’ in southern Pulwama district, the State Human Rights Commission, acting on a petition, on Monday sought a report from the government.

The district administration reportedly asked the migrants to vacate the state land at Lassipora in Pulwama where 21 families have been putting up since 1947 Indo-Pak war.

The total strength of the migrants has grown up to 100 households during past 71 years.

Following the news reports, Ahsan Untoo, chairperson International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, filed a petition with the SHRC.

“We were born and brought up here. Why would we leave this place? Aren’t we the residents of this place? We have election cards and state subject certificates also,” the petitioned quoted a group of young people.

“If the state government has no place for us then they should open the border so we will cross over to Pakistan,” the petitioner while quoting a news report asked the commission to take cognizance of the matter.

In his petition, Untoo said that the SHRC should investigate the case and bring matter to the fore if the state government has any plans to evacuate these people settled on a piece of land for over 70 years.

“It is the duty of the commission to deliver justice to the people who are asked to shift after 70 years, despite having all the relevant documents,” he said.

Taking cognizance, the commission has issued notices to Chief Secretary, divisional commissioner, director general of police, commissioner secretary revenue department and deputy commissioner Pulwama to file a compliance report within four weeks.

 

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