Court directs not to evict grazers from pasture land

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Aug 22: A local court here said that the grazers shouldn’t be deprived from grazing their animals in Doodh Ganga forest range.
The Court of Sub Judge Chadoora presided by Mir Wajahat recorded that the grazers in Chaskani Nar meadow in Doodh Ganga forest range should not be evicted and deprived of the grazing rights.
The court directed Station House Officer Chadoora (SHO) not to evict the defendants under the garb of the order passed by the court on July 11.
The court clarified that said order was limited to the effect that applicants are temporarily restrained from causing any sort of interference into the use and utilization of pasture land (Chaskani Nard) in any manner.
“However, the said order is not pertaining to the eviction of defendants from the subject matter of the suit.
The Court further added that the order of July 11 was not meant to evict the grazers but the eviction can only be done if Forest Rights Act 2006 is violated by either of the parties.
The court directed the SHO Chadoora to ensure compliance of the order by the both the parties on spot.
Pertinently the Chairman DDC Budgam Nazir Ahmad Khan had also submitted a representation on this issue before Lieutenant Governor JK last month after a delegation of gujjar community from Jabbad, Neengo and Brenwar villages of Budgam district had apprised him regarding denial of grazing rights to them by some influential families who were trying to evict the grazers hired by them.