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

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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

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

250

ha

Starting Year

2021

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.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

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

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

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Has the Conflict Ended?

No

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Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Forced evictions/ Dispossession of Land, Lack of legal protection over land rights, Violation of free prior informed consent

Legal Status:

Out of Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Whether criminal law was used against protestors

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Protests/marches, Stone pelting, Property damage/arson

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Jammu Municipal Corporation

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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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Documented By

Rabiya Bashir

Reviewed By

Rabiya Bashir

Updated By

Rabiya Bashir

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