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Cong demands probe into construction of house near army installation in J&K

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Jammu 

The today demanded a probe into the construction of a house adjacent to an establishment by a senior BJP in Jammu and Kashmir, accused the government of compromising on national security and asked if the who sought votes in the name of armed forces would act against party leaders.

communication in-charge asked whether the would hold a probe into the "illegal activities" of BJP leaders who had carried out unauthorised construction next to the ammunition depot in Nagrota along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which threatened national security.

landed in a controversy after the objected to the construction of his house.

In a letter addressed to on March 19, of Army's 16 objected to the construction of the house and said, "It has implications on the security of a major ammunition storage facility as well as the safety of personnel living in close vicinity of the ammunition depot."

Surjewala accused state BJP and RSS leaders including Nirmal Singh, and others of buying illegal land near the ammunition depot, thereby endangering security paraphernalia around the sensitive area.

"Will Narendra Modi, who does not hesitate to seek votes in the name of the Army, take action against his leaders including and the Assembly Will he hold a probe into this entire affair...BJP leaders are insulting our armed forces in J&K," he told reporters in

"Is this Modi's '56 Inch Chest Policy' whereby BJP leaders are encouraged to illegally construct and attack the The simple question is - Will the wake up from its deep slumber and act against their own?" he said.

The land in question was bought in 2000 by the Himgiri Infrastructure Development Private Limited, whose shareholders included present J&K and besides Nirmal Singh, who resigned as the deputy chief minister on April 30 ahead of a major reshuffle in the state cabinet.

Surjewala said Himgiri Infrastructure Development has also defaulted on a whopping Rs 29.31-crore loan of

"This is a clear case of gross impropriety, illegality and flouting of rules and regulations, resulting in imperiling the security apparatus. This comes at a time when has virtually accepted its role in 26/11 attacks.

"Instead of accepting their unlawful actions, the pseudo nationalist BJP had the audacity to attack the by calling them 'politically motivated' and saying that 'Army is harassing people'," he alleged.

The Congress leader accused the BJP of being a "habitual offender when it comes to insulting our Armed forces" and alleged that V K Singh, prime minister Modi and have "insulted" the Army earlier.

He said in the past four years, 362 jawans have lost their lives and 213 civilians killed in terror attacks in J&K as most of the attacks have taken place on Army/Air Force/BSF bases.

"Why did not learn any lessons after Uri, Pathankot, Nagrota, Sunjwan?

"Post the camp attack, where six security officers were martyred, there were reports that the attack was a result of illegal constructions, very close to the camp. Why did the and the Centre allow such a construction?" he also asked.

He said requested to reconsider construction of residential accommodation in close proximity of the ammunition depot being a "potential safety hazard".

"But, in brazen display of arrogance, Nirmal Singh dismissed the serious concerns raised by and accused the army of being 'politically motivated' and also went a step further charging the brave of 'harassing the local residents'," he said.

In a statement, Pradesh Congress Committee Ravinder said, "An inquiry by an independent agency should be ordered into the entire land deal including the huge advancing of loans by a to the high profile company.

In the light of facts which have come to light, an immediate and appropriate action should be taken against the arrogant and irresponsible leaders of the party, said.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:40 IST