Gujjar Bakerwals face eviction as J &K Govt begins AIIMS construction

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Last updated on

October 28, 2019

Location of Conflict

Vijaipur, Jammu region



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People Affected by Conflict


Land Area Affected (in Hectares)




Jammu and Kashmir



The Government of India alloted two AIIMS like hospitals in Kashmir and Jammu regions in 2014. The Jammu and Kashmir government of PDPBJP (now both out of government as BJP withdrew its support to PDP in May 2018) identified forest and state land as the site for the hospital in Vijaipur area of Samba district in Jammu region. But the Gujjars and Bakerwals living on the land for decades opposed the construction as they faced eviction. The issue flared up and took a communal turn. The government then stopped the construction and the then chief minister Mehbooba Mufti asked the authorities to stop the eviction of Gujjars and Bakerwals. Now as the state is under Governor rule, several BJP legislators met the governor and urged him to start the construction of the hospital at the site. The state government has now set into motion the eviction of the Gujjars and Bakerwals.We are on the job and very soon the nomadic families will be evicted from the forestland, DC Samba Rajinder Singh said.

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Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Forest Department, Revenue Department, District Magistrate , Jammu Development Authority

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Bharatiya Janata Party

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