Violent forest evictions part of a well thought conspiracy Altaf Bukhari

  • | Tuesday | 25th May, 2021

“The images of this incident are too graphic and appear as if some rogue gangs have attacked these tribal people. Bukhari said that the seasonal migration of Gujjar and Bakerwal tribes to greener pastures and meadows had remained a continuous phenomenon for centuries and it was totally absurd to equate these people with forest land encroachers. But it's against those groups who have illegally encroached on the forest land most of whom even don't live there. Bukhari said that such actions show that the Forest department was interpreting these orders in a wilful discourse which contradicts its original intent but may serve the ulterior motives of a chosen lot. The Forest department under this law was supposed to protect such ethnic groups and not to intimidate them.

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