Authorities demolished an outer wall of senior National Conference (NC) leader Ali Mohammad Sagar’s house near the Srinagar Airport on Wednesday.
According to reports, a team of revenue department led a demolition drive to reclaim state land from encroachers.
Reports said that the outer wall, the main gate as well as the entry of the guard room of the NC general secretary’s residence in Humhama, near the airport, were demolished as part of the administration’s demolition drive against land grabbers.
The former minister and his family currently reside in the said house but were not present at the time of the demolition, as per reports.
Sagar’s Humhama home is allegedly in his wife’s name. A plank erected outside the house by officials declares it as part of the Khacharie land of district Budgam.
In a statement, the National Conference, while condemning the act, dubbed it as political vendetta and misuse of government machinery to exact the same. However, there hasn’t been a statement from Sagar himself yet.
Sagar is the first big name being targeted by the demolition drive.
The authorities have reiterated that the main target of the drive is to bring down high-profile land grabbers, however, many from weaker sections claim to have borne the brunt of the eviction drive.
The Supreme Court has declined to put a stop on the drive provided relief to land owners under the Roshni Act. The top court has asked the UT government not to demolish any properties under the scheme till the next hearing on January 31.