Yuva Panthers on Tuesday held a protest at Maharaja Hari Singh Park adjacent to Press Club against the attempt by some influential people in connivance with the administrative machinery to construct a five-star hotel on the park land.
Yuva Panthers led by party senior vice-president Pushvinder Singh Manhas shouted slogans against the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) and reached the site demarcated for the hotel construction.
They raised slogans like "Guda gardi nahin chalegi, Maharaja Hari Singh ki nilami bandh karo, VC JDA hai-hai, NC government hai-hai".
The protesters demolished the boundary wall and the plinth being raised by the JDA on the site and warned labourers engaged in 'illegal' construction to stop the work immediately.
Addressing the gathering, Pushvinder said the land is demarcated as a park in the name of Maharaja Hari Singh and is for the purpose of public recreation. "It is being forcibly sold out to the blue-eyed people by the JDA and it has no authority to sell the land," he said.
"This is a malicious attempt on part of the JDA to sell off a portion of Maharaja Hari Singh's park to a hotelier. This would make others use their influence and acquire land at meagre amount as has been done by the recent buyer," said the Yuva Panthers chief, adding that any attempt to encroach or occupy the park would be thwarted at all cost.
He pointed out, "The piece of land was a park, which was sold overnight by JDA in a very clandestine manner. The 8-kanal land was sold for just for Rs 20 crore."
Hundreds of Yuva Panthers members assembled on the spot and shouted slogans against the government and the JDA while sending a signal that tampering with Maharaja Hari Singh Park would invite trouble for the state as well as the executing agencies.
Seeking cancellation of land allotment, Pushvinder said the party will start an agitation in the entire Jammu region.
"On Wednesday, the party will be launching a similar protest at Ahknoor, followed by protests in all the city colleges of Jammu city on August 8," he added.