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Pandits for action against land mafia in Kashmir

Displaced Kashmiri Hindus of Jagti township on Wednesday urged the parliamentary standing committee on militancy-displaced people of Jammu and Kashmir to press the state government to evict land mafia, who have encroached upon temples and religious properties of Hindus in the Valley.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Jammu
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2013 08:46 PM IST

Displaced Kashmiri Hindus of Jagti township on Wednesday urged the parliamentary standing committee on militancy-displaced people of Jammu and Kashmir to press the state government to evict land mafia, who have encroached upon temples and religious properties of Hindus in the Valley.

Under the banner of Jagti Tenement Committee (JTC), members of the community demanded separate townships in the Valley.

At a meeting, JTC president Shadi Lal Pandita expressed concern over the attitude of the central and state governments for ignoring the community, which was forced to leave their homes by terrorists.

"Land belonging to several temples across the Valley has been encroached by the land mafia. Many Pandit families have lost their land due to fraud in revenue records. The Centre should ask the state government to take action against such people," Pandita said.

He demanded that steps should be taken to implement the Prime Minister's employment package in letter and spirit by filling up the remaining posts.

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