Indian army denies compensation to farmers in IHK (India)
Jammu, March 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian Army has denied payment to farmers whose land was mined after the Kargil war.
Majority of the villagers of Dagwar area in Poonch district whose only job for sustenance is farming said, though the army compensated them for the initial two years, but it has stopped the reparation since 2005 despite the fact that their land still remains mined.
"Since they have not de-mined our land, we cannot do farming on it. Our survival has become a question mark", complained a villager, Muhammed Sharief, whose 20 kanals of land is mined. He further said that repeated representations to the puppet administration had failed to yield results as they passed the buck to the army authorities.
Another villager, Muhammad Din, whose 12 kanals of land still remains mined and lost one of his legs in the mine blast shares the feelings of Muhammad Sharief. "Since farming is our sole occupation for earning bread and butter, our survival has become difficult. They are not de-mining the land nor are paying the compensation", said Din, whose son Muhammad Hanief the only other male member too lost his leg in a mine blast while he was cutting grass.
Von: www.kmsnews.org, 18.03.2008