Jammu & Kashmir

Court restraints ‘influential family’ from taking control of pastureland in Budgam

Chaskani Nad Pastureland

Budgam: The District Court Budgam on Wednesday came to rescue of many grazers from Branwar and adjoining villages by restraining the opposite party from causing any interference in the pastureland of Chanskani Naad in Doodh Ganga forest range.

The court said more than 4000 kanals of grazing land has been allegedly controlled by an influential family of the area who were disallowing many families to graze their livestock especially sheep in the area.

The court of Additional District Judge Budgam, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, in a detailed order has directed that non applicants (opposite party) is temporarily restrained from causing any sort of interference with respect to the suit property.

The aggrieved sought interface of the court as they were being asked to evict from the pastureland by an influential Chowdhary family of Branwar.

The order further reads: “For what has been stated above and given regard to the averments urged in the motion and the record accompanying, a fair and prima facie case for indulgence of the court is made out as the balance of convivence tilts in favour of the applicants and the order prayed for if not granted will put the applicant to irreparable loss”.

It is pertinent to mention Gujjar community of Branwar, Jabbad, Neegu villages were denied the grazing rights for their 1,000 plus sheep in the pastureland.

The villagers allege that the Chowdhary family, one of whose brothers is the Vice Chairman DDC Budgam, has taken control over the grassland. The family allegedly takes money as ransom from grazers especially from Bakerwal families of Rajouri and Poonch by allowing them to graze their animals in the said meadows.

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