Residents of Shivalik Enclave, Sunjwah, have alleged that despite court orders to maintain status quo, the authorities have failed to stop constructions along a nullah.
However, deputy commissioner Ajit Sahu said they had stopped constructions and would abide by the court order. On May 27, hearing a petition, which was treated as a PIL, the high court had ordered Zakir Hussai and Ashiq Hussain to maintain status quo.
The residents, however, alleged that despite court orders, the land grabbing was going. "We are examining the issue. But as of now, we will abide by the directions of the court, though I haven't yet received the order personally," said DC Jammu.
In its order on August 8, 2010, the HC had observed, "encroachments and construction in the khuds, nullahs and ponds, if not stopped, can damage the life and property of the people due to floods. Moreover, sale and purchase of such land and conversion to some other use is strictly banned under law."
The residents in the PIL said that the encroachment in the nullah has stopped the water flow, which could now enter their houses.
The PIL also stated that the encroachers had committed serious criminal offence by encroaching on the water bodies/ state land by forging the revenue records and as such a criminal case should be registered against the two and also against the officers who connived with them.