“Gujjars, Bakerwals are soft targets,” Kashmir’s tribal community fear eviction from forests, losing
The Gujjar and Bakarwal tribes in the newly created Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir are living in a state of shock and fear.
The fear of losing land, housing and their source of living is high among the community. On November 9, the UT administration of the erstwhile state started a massive demolition drive at picturesque Pahalgam area and pulled down temporary Kaccha houses (Dhokas) of Gujjar and Bakarwal people.…
For 45-year old Rafiq Ahmad Khatana, the administration targeted them and demolished their houses because they were “poor” and not “influential”.