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Kashmiri migrant Pandits filing fake complaints to lay ownership claim on land in valley: report

Kashmiri Pandit migrants are filing frivolous claims to claim land in the valley which was sold wilfully by their family, a report said on Friday.

The online grievance portal launched by the J&K administration is flooded with fake complaints by the Kashmiri Pandits, hampering the smooth functioning of the revenue department, Kashmir Dot Com reported.

“We have not come across any genuine complaint where an individual has illegally occupied a Kashmiri Pandit land or any other property in Kashmir. In the majority of the complaints, we found the land or house has been sold wilfully, with complete legal documentation,” a revenue department official was quoted by the newsgathering agency.

The official, who was not named, said that fake complaints have been registered by pandits about their land and property which otherwise they have sold legally to the people.

The report quoting unnamed sources said the revenue department has taken up the issue with the government as it is putting an extra burden on the officials.

LG Manoj Sinha had launched an online grievance portal for migrants to register their genuine complaints about their land and property for their redressal.

A revenue official from Anantnag told the news agency: “Officials get busy in assessing and verifying the credentials of these complaints which later turn out to be fake.”

He said: “When we send the staff to assess the complaints, they are found fake as the owners have sold property and land to people after complying will all legal and revenue formalities.”

A lot of people in Kashmir have bought migrant Pandit land and property legally and through rightful means under Migrant Property Act.

A public deputation from Aishmuqam Anantnag told the KDC that they bought a piece of land from a Kashmir Pandit in 1999 but after 22 years a fake complaint has been filed by some Kashmir Pandit, calling the sale of land illegal.

“The documents of attorney, agreement to sell, and sale deed were duly attested by a first-class Magistrate in presence of the owner of the land in Jammu in 1999. All codal formalities laid down by the Government in Migrant Act 1999 were completed in the court,” said a member of the deputation.

He said the land alienation permission from Divisional Commissioner Kashmir for Mutation was also granted. The landowner came to know through concerned Patwari that a complaint have been filed by the grandson of the seller alleging that the documents are fake. After ascertaining the documents of land, the revenue officials find them correct and intact, resulting in the dismissal of the complaint.

Officials said that similar fake complaints are registered on the portal which is false and wastes the time of the officials.4m

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