|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Jan 14: Acting swiftly over the report of Early Times, the Revenue as well as Forest department in a joint operation removed encroachments over 10 kanals of land including a shed, along the bank of a seasonal rivulet.
Early Times in its edition of January 14, had carried a news item titled, "Under administration nose, several kanals of water body's banks encroached, several structures came up, material dumped along rivulet". It was reported that a two sheds were raised while, boundary wall was also constructed while material was dumped over several Kanals of land. The site was visible from bridge over Magar-Khad rivulet along Jammu-Lakhanpur national highway, just two kilometres short of Lakhanpur.
As assured by Assistant Commission Revenue Kathua Devinder Paul, a team of Revenue officials along with a team of Forest department today visited the site and removed encroachments over 10 kanals of land.
Speaking to Early Times, Devinder Paul said that as per title of the land, it belonged to Forest department. With the help of Forest department, encroachments over 10 kanals of land including a large shed measuring around 120X80 feet and another 25X20 feet was also removed from the site.
District Forest Officer (DFO) Kathua Rahul Singh said that it was a joint operation with Revenue department to remove the encroachments but actual details could only be available by tomorrow.
On being questioned about the new encroachments on the land, Singh said that there was already a stay in the High Court about the encroachments over Forest land in the area but this encroachment was itself a violation of High Court's order. "We are looking into the details of the case and how the new encroachments have been made and complete details will only be available by tomorrow", Singh said.