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The Jammu Development Authority has asked senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nirmal Singh and his wife Mamta Singh to demolish their bungalow near an Army ammunition depot in Nagrota area within five days, PTI reported on Wednesday.

In its order of demolition, dated November 8, the Jammu Development Authority said the building had been constructed without attaining the valid permission of officials.

“If you fail to remove the illegal construction within the stipulated period of time, the same shall be demolished by the enforcement wing of JDA and cost of removal shall be recovered from you as arrears of land revenue,” the order said.

Last year, the former Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister had shifted to the palatial bungalow with his family. The move came even as the High Court had in May 2018 directed the authorities to ensure “strict implementation” of a 2015 notification prohibiting any construction within 1,000 yards of defence works.

The Centre had filed two petitions before the High Court, raising security and safety concern because of the building’s proximity to the ammunition depot. But officials in Jammu had failed to stop the construction of Nirmal Singh’s home.

In 2018, the Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters of the Army had flagged that the building was…

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