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Gujjars demand safe passage through Valley during migration

india Updated: Oct 03, 2010 17:38 IST

Gujjars in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday asked authorities to provide "safe passage" to nomadic tribes, who have started migrating to plains, saying they are facing hardships due to restrictions imposed in various parts of the Valley.

The nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals tribes have started their seasonal migration to plains and warm areas from last week of August owing to fall in daily temperature and food deficit in hilly areas.

"We appeal to law enforcement agencies for safe passage to nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals along with their livestock in curfew-bound areas of Kashmir Valley," Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF) Secretary Javaid Rahi said today.

TRCF, a frontal organisation of Gujjars, have submitted a memorandum to Governor N N Vohara and Chief Minister's Office in this connection, he said.

According to the memorandum, the nomadic tribes are forced to migrate to plains because of shortage of food in hilly areas due to ongoing unrest.

"Due to various restrictions they can't move freely towards their destinations. We appeal for a humanitarian approach towards nomadic people," Rahi said.