Srinagar: Locals in a South Kashmir village on Monday accused paramilitary troopers of forcibly trying to occupy land that they use for grazing animals.
Locals from Bran village of Shangus Tehsil assembled in Press Enclave Srinagar and staged a protest against what they said ‘land grabbing’.
The protesters said that without any consultation and taking locals into confidence, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has initiated a process to occupy land comprising of 100 kanals.
“It will prove disastrous for us. We graze our cattle in these fields from centuries and they are forcibly taking this land from us,” one of the protesters told news agency Kashmir News Trust.
The protesters said that from past few days, CRPF troopers are visiting the said land and are demarcating it. “We raised the issue before Deputy Commissioner Ananatnag but of no avail. Today, we met Divisional Commissioner Kashmir who assured us of action that will be in the interest of people,” they said.
They said this land has walnut and other trees. “It is grazing land and if it is occupied by paramilitary troopers, our cattle will die,” they said, and sought intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. (KNT)