“Our cattle will die”: South Kashmir locals allege forces mulling to occupy grazing land

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Locals from south Kashmir Monday accused para-military troopers of forcibly trying to occupy land that they use for grazing animals.

Locals from Bran village of Shangus Tehsil of Southern Anantnag district assembled here in Press Enclave Srinagar and staged a protest against what they said ‘land grabbing’.

The protesters as per a local news gathering agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT) said that without any consultation or taking locals into confidence, CRPF has initiated a process to occupy land comprising 100 kanals.

“It will prove disastrous for us. We graze our cattle in these fields from centuries and today 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 a grazing land and if it will be occupied by Para-military troopers, our cattle will die,” they said and sought intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. (KNT)

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