India eases rules for its security forces to steal land in Kashmir
The order specifies the extension of the 2013 "Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act".
The Indian authorities of occupied Jammu and Kashmir have lifted a requirement set in place by a 1971 circular where Indian security forces had to obtain a special certificate to acquire land in the disputed region.
The order allows the “Indian Army, Border Security Forces, paramilitary forces and similar organizations” to obtain land without needing a “no objection certificate” (NOC) clearance from the territory’s home department, as per a report by the Turkish newspaper Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
The order specifies the extension of the 2013 “Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act” to the occupied Jammu and Kashmir region after it was proclaimed a federal territory in a controversial, illegal move by the Indian authorities in August last year.
Because of the federal law’s extension, the circular requiring a NOC from the erstwhile state’s home department before acquisition or requisition of any land by the security forces was withdrawn, as per the order.
The motion came on the heels of the regional Indian authorities agreeing to legal changes permitting construction in the region’s “strategic areas” by the Indian armed forces and other security agencies.
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