PM Modi & CM Mehbooba appealed for intervention on humanitarian ground
Front apprehends conspiracy to divide society on communal lines
Jammu, Aug 23: Jammu Muslim Front (JMF) Wednesday appealed Government to review its cabinet decision to uproot nomads from Abdullah Basti which is a “well hatched conspiracy to create communal divide in society.”
“A central Government’s report has categorically objected to the type of land which is selected by the State Government at Vijaypur for the establishment of AIIMS in Jammu. The land, reports claims, is a flood prone, close to International Border and not suitable to establish such a prestigious health institute,” alleged senior JMC leader Shuja Zaffar told media persons here during a press conference.
Zaffar said that “We are unable to understand when Central Government’s department itself has pointed out objections when what made the State Government to select Abdullah Basti in Rakh Brotian of Vijaypur to be selected as a piece of land for AIIMS establishment.”
It visibly shows that there is a well hatched conspiracy to force migration to a particular community (Gujjars) instead of providing them facilities to spend a peaceful life, he said, adding that “These people were uprooted from Ramgarh during Kargil war in 1999. Then, settled by then Government at Abdullah Basti where a Government school was also opened for the children of these people. But these poor people were not given chance to settle or right to live allegedly by some communal elements.”
Zaffar appealed Prime Minister Narindra Modi and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for their intervention so that these people could not be uprooted and instead, the AIIMS should be established at a centrally located place like Udhampur, Chenab valley or somewhere in Bajalta or Sidhra.
“The CM should fulfill her own promise which she had made with the Gujjars during a meeting in the past. Administration should be directed not to force migration to these nomads,” said Zaffar.
He questioned slogans of Government of India (GoI) “Seb Ka Sath Seb Ka Vikas” because one section of society is being selectively targeted to meet political gains by dividing social fabric.
Senior JMF leader Shuja Zaffar again raised a question mark to the allotment of 150 kanals of land to Baba Ram Devi, who is a non-state subject. “It is surprising how the welfare state’s Government has ignored poor instead of providing their support and on other side, allotted huge chunk of land to Ram Dev.”
Prominent among those who were present on the occasion include JMF president Imran Qazi, Rashid Ahmed, Hanif Choudhary, Bashir Qurashi and other office bearers, while Gujjar community members from the victim village.