Amidst an ongoing statewide drive to remove illegal structures, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami stated on Friday (May 26) that "land jihad" encroachments would not be tolerated.
While addressing a meeting of the Vishva Hindu Parishad's (VHP) Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal, Dhami said that a particular community had illegally encroached on land and raised structures in the border areas of the state. Since the state shares its borders with China and Nepal, these illegal encroachments were being removed as part of a state drive.
Dhami emphasized that such acts of "land jihad" will not be allowed to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the state.
He cautioned against unlawful mazar constructions and urged occupants to remove the tombs themselves. Warning of a larger conspiracy, he stated that thousands of shrines had been built without permission on public and forest land.
Reaffirming his stand, he said that all illegally constructed places of worship in the state would be demolished and not a single one would remain standing.
The VHP Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal is meeting for two days in Uttarakhand to discuss issues such as conversion, land jihad, same-sex marriage, and live-in relationships.
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