Gujjar students demand action against Lal Singh

Srinagar: Gujjar students have demanded action from the government against Forest minister Lal Singh for making “threatening” remark against the community in Jammu.

Gujjar Bakerwal Students Welfare Association, State Senior Vice President, Zahid Parwaz Choudhary, said the minister instead of listening to the problems facing the community abused them and threw them out of his office which is highly condemnable and intolerable act.

Zahid said how common people can expect this kind of statement from a cabinet minister who is the custodian and representative of common masses before law.

As per reports of an English daily, Forest Minister Choudhary Lal Singh Friday shouted to a deputation of Muslim farmers from Jammu who had gone to him with their grievance, “O Gujron, 1947 pulligaya hai tuse ge (Gujjars have you forgotten 1947. Why have you come here?”

Choudhary Yaseen Poswal General Secretary Gujjar Bakerwal Conference demanded stern action against the minister. He further said that Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir are not in the same position as they were in 1947.

“The minister should remind the Government to return the encroached land of Gujjars encroached in 1947 massacre,” he said.

“The statement reveals the real face of RSS-led Govt and the conspiracy of the Govt against the Gujjar community and such acts are repeated from time to time to free Jammu from Muslims and Saroore incident, eviction drive against Gujjars in Gole Gujaral, Sidhra, Reka are some of the conspiracies against Muslims in Jammu.”

Poswal warned the minister for his alleged drive against the Gujjar community of the state in the name of Forest eviction drive.

He said that nomads Gujjars and Bakerwals unnecessarily being harassed and they are not allowed to move freely on their traditional routes during their migration which is forcing the community to abandon their tradition occupations and to come on roads in protest. (KNS)

Lal Singh denies allegation

Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh today denied having made any acerbic comments while talking to a delegation, who had visited him at his residence in Jammu. “I never made any comment which would hurt the sentiments of any community,” he said. “I always entertain people, who call on me, irrespective of the caste, creed or religious affiliation” he said.  Lal Singh said the allegations were baseless and he would do anything to protect the interests of the general public. “I was speaking to my Gujjar brothers in Dogri about the increasing temperature. I don’t know how the issue has come up as has been reported in a section of the press,” he said. 

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