Residents of Sunjwan Village in Jammu Disrupt Demolition Drive, Clash with Police

Reported by

Rabiya BashirLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

April 23, 2021

Location of Conflict

Sunjwan village

,

Jammu

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Other Kind of Land Use

Demolition drive

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

250

ha

State

Jammu and Kashmir

Sector

Land Use

On January 22, 2021, the residents of Sunjwan village in Bhatindi in Jammu held a protest against the government authorities after an antiencroachment drive was started in the area. The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) attempted to demolish shops/houses of 14 families on two hectares of land; however, the drive was halted as local people allegedly started pelting stones at the officials. They also damaged a police van and two JCB machines. According to Avny Lavasa, commissioner of the Jammu Municipal Corporation, one driver suffered a head injury while another was hit in the chest by a stone. We had issued notices to 14 families in Sunjwan village for allegedly expanding their shops and houses without seeking permission from the authorities. Some of these structures were built on forestland, she informed LCW. Some residents told the media that the timing of the antiencroachment drive, which was held at night, caused panic among the people. The told the media that the presence of security personnel and earthmovers sparked rumours and that people started coming out of their homes and clashed with the police. Meanwhile, some people have alleged that the JMC is selectively targeting Muslim properties in Sunjwan. Eviction drives have been taking place across Jammu and Kashmir after the Roshni Act, under which the ownership of state land was vested with occupants under certain conditions, was scrapped by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in 2020.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

250

ha

Starting Year

2021

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for legal recognition of land rights, Complaint against procedural violations

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Jammu Municipal Corporation

Avny Lavasa, commissioner of the Jammu Municipal Corporation, told LCW that notices were issued to 14 families in Sunjwan village for allegedly expanding their shops and houses without seeking permission from the authorities. She added that some of these structures were built on forestland.

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Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Has the Conflict Ended?

No

When did it end?

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