Indian Army owes 30 years of rent for occupying land in Kupwara

Srinagar, August 07 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Army has failed to pay rent for the last thirty years for the land over which a portion of their camp is located in Trehgam village of Kupwara district, the landowners have said.

The portion of the camp for which the rent has not been paid since 1991 is privately owned and measures 12 Kanal and 18 marlas.

A joint inspection of the land was carried by the Department of Revenue and Defence Estates Department of the Army on 4 October 2017 and established that the land measuring 12 Kanal and 18 marlas under Khasra numbers – 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, 1805- are under the occupation of Station Headquarter of 68 Mountain Brigade at Trehgam.

The strategic Trehgam Camp was established at the entrance of the village decades ago and its boundaries were later extended, thus occupying additional land, as per official documents.

“Till 1990-91 we were paid rent as per the agreement and were unjustifiably not paid the amount since then,” said Ghulam Rasool Malik, whose family land measuring six Kanal and 13 marlas, are under the occupation of the India army camp.

Ghulam Rasool Malik said that they tried to persuade concerned officers for the payment of rent but so far failed in their attempts. “We approached revenue officials and they submitted a report to the Assistant Commissioner Revenue in 2014,” he said.

“Revenue officials after verification of the land asked the Defence Department to release the rent in our favour but they did not,” said another Trehgam resident, Abdul Aziz, whose land is also under the Army camp.

A senior official of the Defence Estates Department wishing anonymity told media that they had taken up the issue with Principal Directorate Defence Estates. “We are not yet aware whether they have processed the issue or not,” he said.