Authorities deny eviction of nomads from Pahalgam forests

Pahalgam | File Photo

SRINAGAR — District Administration Anantnag clarified that some political persons are making statements in the media that Gujjar Bakerwal people are being evicted from the forests of Lidroo Pahalgam and their Kothas are being demolished, which stands outrightly rejected.

Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Kuldip Krishan Sidha in a press conference clarified that no such demolition drives were conducted in Lidroo Pahalgam but added that anti-encroachment drive was conducted against those persons who have illegally encroached forest, wildlife or State land.

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Encroachment drive was live streamed online and the photography, videography and other related documents have been submitted in the court, he said.

“The people residing in this forest land were not harassed unnecessary and it is the right of people to conserve and preserve the beautiful forest land,” he added.

He requested people not to pay heed to these statements made by some people without checking facts and sought their cooperation in preserving the beautiful hill station.

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