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March 13, 2022
March 13, 2022
March 13, 2022
On May 24, 2021, an eviction drive in Shopian’s Zampathri village turned violent as Gujjar and Bakarwal families resisted and clashed with officials while protesting against an anti-encroachment drive. The forest department reportedly demolished temporary shelters of 12 Gujjar families on 1.5 acres of forestland. At least 23 people were injured, including five journalists.
A video of a brutally beaten-up Gujjar man went viral on social media after the violence. The Gujjar families informed reporters that they were not permanent residents of the area but had been erecting temporary sheds for shelter and grazing their cattle. “They are evicting us without serving any notice. We insisted that we leave the area every year and there is no need to evict us, but the forest officials did not listen,” one of the Gujjars told the media. They alleged that the officials reportedly beat up whoever tried to intervene and injured three persons, including two women.
Forest officials, on the other hand, claimed that once the eviction drive started, the Gujjar community assembled and took the officials as well as journalists hostage in a fenced area.
District Forest Officer Mohammad Ayoub told LCW that they had no choice but to evict people occupying forestland. "We have to protect the forest areas, and the government is taking strict measures in this regard. During the eviction drive, people from the Gujjar community attacked forest department officials and journalists. If they had any proof of land ownership, we would not have evicted them, but they failed to furnish evidence.”
Some of the evicted families are staying with relatives temporarily while others have moved away as part of their seasonal migration.
Demand for legal recognition of land rights
Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources
Demand for implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006
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Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:
Lack of legal protection over land rights
Forced evictions/dispossession of land
Scheduled Tribe status or lack of status
Non-implementation/violation of FRA
Non-rehabilitation of displaced people
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A video of a brutally beaten-up Gujjar man went viral on social media following a clash between Gujjar families and the forest department during an eviction drive. Forest officials reportedly beat up whoever tried to intervene and injured three persons, including two women. Forest department officials claim that the Gujjars also attacked them and journalists.
Date of Violation
May 23, 2021
Location of Violation
Zampathri village, Shopian
Nature of Protest
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District Forest Officer Mohammad Ayoub told LCW that they had no choice but to evict people occupying forestland. "We have to protect the forest areas, and the government is taking strict measures in this regard. During the eviction drive, people from the Gujjar community attacked forest department officials and journalists. If they had any proof of land ownership, we would not have evicted them."
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