In an exercise to locate new enemy properties, the government has initiated a survey in five states to identify movable and immovable assets once owned by people who had migrated to Pakistan.
“A survey has begun in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Delhi for identification of new enemy properties,” a Home Ministry official said. For the survey, the Home Ministry has appointed 65 personnel — 50 surveyors and 15 accountancy and management personnel.
In the wake of the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, many people from India migrated to Pakistan. Under the Defence of India Rules framed under the Defence of India Act, the Government of India took over the properties and companies of such persons who had taken Pakistani nationality.