Shangus Locals Oppose CRPF Move To ‘Occupy Land’

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Srinagar: The locals from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday accused paramilitary CRPF of trying to forcibly occupy a huge chunk of grazing land to establish a camp.

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

The protesters said that without any consultation and 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 for centuries and today they are forcibly taking this land from us,” one of the protesters said.

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 Anantnag 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 is occupied by Paramilitary troopers, our cattle will die,” they said and sought intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. (KNT)

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