KHAR: The land dispute involving two tribes and a family in Shingas Sikandaro area of Bajaur tribal district has intensified after announcements by the tribes regarding lashkar kashi (mob action) against the family.

The elders of Sarnikhel and Umarkhel tribes have alleged that Bacha Sheikh and his family, who are outsiders, are building houses illegally on their lands. They said the issue is under investigation in the office of assistant commissioner Nawagai and the district administration had also stopped the said family from construction work till resolution of the issue, but still they have re-launched illegal constructions.

The tribal elders have given a deadline to the district administration and other relevant quarters till today (Thursday) afternoon to stop work on the disputed land and remove illegal constrictions from it. They warned that if the administration did not act then the tribesmen will have to do it on their own. They warned that the responsibility of any untoward incident during this action will rest with the administration and law enforcing agencies.

The Sarnikhel and Umarkhel tribes have started gathering people for the possible lashkar kashi and announcements are also being made in the mosques for this purpose.

On the other hand, Bacha Sheikh and his relatives claim that they have purchased the land from the elders of Sarnikhel and Umarkhel tribes. They claimed that they are legal owners of the land and therefore they will continue construction work on their houses.

Bacha Sheikh said he shifted from Dir to Bajaur 30 years ago and purchased land where he is living since then. The current dispute started when Bacha Sheikh started construction of a house at Shingas mountain. The Sarnikhel and Umarkhel tribesmen are of the view that their elders had only sold plain land and mountainous area was never sold.

The district administration after stopping work on the site has summoned both the parties on September 18. However, sources said Bacha Sheikh has not stopped work on the site which has caused tension in the area.

The area people have expressed concern over the developing situation and said the gathering of people for mob action pose serious challenge to the writ of the government.

The deputy commissioner has held meetings with Sarnikhel and Umarkhel elders and sent a tehsildar for demarcation of the disputed land.