It is an Indian army personnel who has exposed the dubious aristocracy of the revenue officials who have parked themselves in sub division premises!
-‘Outlines in this story are driven by three basic components of Mendhar land grabbing culture: land ownership, land occupation by dubious means, and individualism that can drive people nuts as and when they see a vacant land. They occupy it and the documentary assists are provided by the revenue officials. This is not for the first time it is happening in Mendhar and neither would it be the last because corrupt practices in Tehsil headquarters Mendhar cannot be stopped. The officials can do anything and can go to the extent of forging signatures. They should have been dumped but their old political connections saved them and maybe now their official ones have allowed them to have a smooth sail. But this unscrupulous league of gentlemen have to be splattered apart because enough is enough’!
-It’s an unwritten and widely unacknowledged fact, that land always ends up belonging to the most violent. This is not the first story I’m writing on the land mafia and the mechanics of land grabbing. But in Mendhar it has gone unchecked and probably it is due to the fact that the officials have not taken the requisite interest. Had they done so, such a situation would not have arisen. This is a circus where money changes hands fast and furiously and in a limbo is left an innocent. In this case also someone has been’ (I will come to this later)
-‘The desire for carnal possession quickly cools, whereas the desire to own land never quits the heart of man. I do not think you have to go far to read about it because there is plenty to read about the same in this piece. Land gluttony was always a foregone conclusion in Mendhar. But now the appetite has grown. Any land can be taken over if you have money and the muscle power. Money can buy off the corrupt revenue officials and the muscle can subdue the heads that rise. This nonsense has to be stopped forthwith? It can be if some chivalrous knight sitting in High offices rises to the occasion. So far none have by the way and there are reasons for this also. No need for me to spell them out because they could be very embarrassing for the white collared officials.’
It has been almost a year back when I said that the officialdom, especially the lower category from Naib Tehsildhar downwards and that includes Girdawars and Patwaris in Mendhar are a corrupt forum of individuals and the love making money!
For money they can even ditch themselves.
Be it any land ranging from the custodian to state to Khad, to water bodies to chois, be it any land mass you will find the knights of falsehoods in a highly pedigreed action mode. Of course the sly one!
I will not talk much about the Tehsildar because I think he has given it up and thus meekly puts his signatures wherever his stamp is and about the SDM well a suave silent man who sits in the office like a monarch who has to be guided by his untrustworthy trusted lieutenants.
Well these are a band of specialists running the revenue affairs where land grabbing and illegal land occupation has turned to be a stupendous money spinner.
Yes, this is a story of Khasra No. 326 which was once upon a time 333 Kanals but now only fifty remains, the rest has been conveniently gobbled up and the bellies of the corrupt revenue officials are full and they are belching because their hunger has not been satiated!
The involvement of politicians, erstwhile government officials and the land mafia cannot be ruled out and it cannot be possible that a man of the caliber of SDM Mendhar does not know about it!
He does because he has parked himself on all the complaints that have been made to him. There is not one but many!
I’m sure that the revenue officials must be knowing about Mohammed Rashid an army personnel of the village Laie Bhatidhar, Mendhar who is posted in Meerut and has been fighting for this land but no one is paying any heed.
By the way he has no interest here but still he wants to bring it to the notice of the officials as to what is happening on the land.
This is nothing but yet another fraud that has to be acted upon and the sooner it is done the better it would be on the part of UT Jammu administration. If Sub Division Mendhar cannot act then someone honest should. If the heads have to roll then it is just too bad because this is a land crime of a supreme nature!
So let the game of retaking the land start!
Earning money by illegal means by itself is a profession in Tehsil Mendhar and grabbing lands by the influential is perhaps a birth right. Therefore the revenue officials and the land mafia can very proudly say, ours (Mendhar’s) culture and tradition is a deeply entrenched phenomenon of exclusive land possession, of privilege and poverty, begun with the holistic land grabs and legitimated claim by an administrative system established that spread from these lands and would go on to change the physical and psychological landscape of the entire sub division. It can be termed as ridiculous as it sounds but there are a few who still stand upright to contest what is going on. Mohammed Rashid, an Army personnel by profession came and broke this story because he has his house just adjacent to the land and he told me very precisely what was happening there. He came as a best friend who sounded reasonable and he sounded more convincing when he said that the corrupt administration hates me and I acknowledge their insanity. He was not wrong. And this is what he said.
The land is a state land and it was Khasra Number 326. Once it was 333 Kanals but such has been the ruthless takeover that only fifty Kanals remains and it is all the doing of the land encroachers fully assisted by the revenue officials of tehsil Mendhar.
The land has been taken over by government employees, local politicians and government officials. How they managed it is again known well to the revenue officials.
As per Rashid this land was once lying vacant where people used to come, move about, sit and enjoy the environment. The grazers used to come to graze their cattle, camp for days together and then move out.
The land was a prime time land and was worth in crores of rupees and it could have been best utilized for creating public facilities in Mendhar. But that never happened. It could not have.
This was because the evil eyes of the land mafia and the revenue officials fell on it.
What happened thereafter was a one way ticket.
It was on 26/8/2017 when Rashid first initiated an application to the then SDM. In that he clearly informed the competent authority sitting on the chair to look into what was happening on this land. The gentleman perhaps yawned and kept the application aside. Obviously he was not interested in the state land but was definitely inclined towards something else. He did nothing and the application was shifted into files if it was ever. Usually such applications can be dangerous later as it would be now.
Rashid being an army personnel was seeing it all happen with no action taking place and he knew that the whole thing was illegal and hence he again lodged a complaint to the then Tehsildar on 23/0I/2020. Obviously a reply was not expected and it never ever came.
Then on 26/07/2021 he lodged a complaint with DC Poonch and is hoping that this time the reply would come and also the action.
He very pertinently pointed out that the Naib Tehsildar and added that he is the man who knows a lot and he should be under the screws as he knows all about the allotments.
In any case how can a state land become an ownership land? If this Naib Tehsildar is grilled he will definitely splatter the beans because all allotments are illegal since fraudulent enrolments have been made in the documents and the case needs a thorough investigation.
This if calculated is a multi crore land scam and should be given to the anti corruption bureau UT Jammu and Kashmir to investigate.
Obviously the land is a money spinner and there is no doubt about the fact that people have made plenty of money from it. Now fifty Kanals remain at least save that for the government and try to retrieve the other that has been dished out as if it was a private property of the officials in Tehsil Mendhar.
So this was the opening episode of this magnum opus of land encroachment which belongs to the state where the officials of the state are serious partners in crime along with land encroachers. Who they are can only be found out after an investigation which by all means should be ordered.
This was not an all of a sudden affair because 333 Kanals is quite a huge land mass that once belonged to the state but it was looted by the state officials and that is a pity. Its is time for the empire of the state to strike back vehemently. We have rapidly entered the age of information and digitization, now everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from the government. So why not tear apart the secrets and signs behind the massive land grab of Khasra Number 326 In Bhatidhar. We have already set the ball rolling courtesy Mohammed Rashid the man from the Indian Army!