Houses of Muslims demolished in name of anti-encroachment drive

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities are demolishing the houses of Muslims in Jammu in the name of anti-encroachment campaign.

A victim of the drive said they have been living in the area for the past several decades. “How have we suddenly become illegal occupants.”

Stating that the Muslim residents are being se-lectively targeted, the angry residents said that the houses of several leaders from the ruling party are also built under the Roshni Act. “If our houses are being demolished, why is BJP not demolishing the houses of its leaders”, the victims asked.

“On one side the BJP claims that they are em-powering the tribal communities and on the other, they are forcing us into homelessness,” another local resident said.

A woman said that they spent a lifetime saving to build the house and now they do not know what the future holds for them.

Another local resident said that the demolition drives would push homelessness in the territory. Two residential houses were gutted in a midnight blaze in Handwara village of Kupwara district, today.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the fire broke out late in the night in one of the residential houses in Khunbal village of Handwara.

Reports said two houses were gutted in the mas-sive blaze and property worth lakh was reduced to ashes. —KMS