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Distt Admin clarifies on death of elderly at Shopian

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SHOPIAN: District Administration Shopian today issued clarification with regard to allegations levelled by a family of Village Padderpora of Tehsil Hermain of the district in connection with the death of one Abdul Salam Son of M Rajab age 75 years.

As per a statement issued here by the District Administration Shopian, it has been clarified that the death of the elderly person has occured because of the cardiac arrest and is not connected to the events of Padderpora land issue.

The statement reads that some nefarious elements are trying to link the two events to advance their illegal case and the district Administration denies the allegations in toto.

According to the statement, a prime Kahcharai land patch of 3 Kanals in Khasra No. 223 min in Village Padderpora has been illegally encroached by Mohd Ibrahim s/o Ab. GaniThoker, Ab. Rashid s/o RamzanThoker and others in early 2019.

The rest of the villagers of Padderpora had been repeatedly insisting on conversion of the said patch into a play ground and last year, the encroachers violently clashed with the rest of the villagers during a confrontation and the encroachers engaged in stone pelting.

Following this ACR Shopian issued orders under Section 145 of CrPC over the said land.

After almost a year, the Section 145 order was revoked in September 2020 and the land was handed over to BDO Hermain for converting it into a playground and on November 3, 2020, an official team led by Tehsildar Hermain, DySP Shopian, SHO Shopian, NT Hermain, BDO Hermain and others proceeded on the spot to undertake the ground leveling work.

The team faced resistance from the women among the encroachers who violently obstructed the process and no levelling could be undertaken by the team.

In the meantime, Abdul Salam Son of Mohd Rajab, Age 70 yrs, a relative of the encroachers and who was a long term heart patient suffering from Hypertension and was present in PHC Mohandpora in Kulgam district that day, passed away in the afternoon in the PHC and his dead body was later brought to DH Shopian in an ambulance for Postmortem.

Meanwhile, back in Padderpora, the encroachers escalated their violent resistance and started stone pelting on the team of officers following which they left the scene of the incidence to avoid any further violence. No levelling or encroachment destruction work could be undertaken by the team.

An FIR No.307/202 of 3-11-2020 u/s 452, 354, 506 & 427 of IPC was lodged in PS Shopian in connection with the stone pelting and violence undertaken by the encroachers.

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