Nomad Gujjars barred from transporting cattle to Valley, Mehbooba seeks governor’s help

Srinagar: Former J&K chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday criticised the Governor led adminstration of not allowing nomad Gujjars to transport their cattle from Jammu to Kashmir Valley during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

For centuries, nomads trek from hotter Jammu to mountains and meadows in search of green pastures alongside their livestock. Since 2014, when PDP and BJP formed alliance nomad Bakerwals have often complained about physical attacks and harassment from rightwing affiliated people. Unprecedentedly, they have barred from transporting cattle to the Valley first time in recent years.

On Friday, Mehbooba tweeted, “Administration in J&K is on a spree of taking ridiculous decisions one after another. Not allowing nomads/ Gujjars to transport their cattle from Jammu to Valley is an insensitive one as they cannot wait until elections are over.”

According to the PDP chief she brought the issue to the notice of Governor Satya Pal Malik who has assured help.

-Reader Desk

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