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Bhotiya nomads may not get to visit Barahoti this year

dehradun Updated: Aug 03, 2017 20:47 IST
Arvind Moudgil
Arvind Moudgil
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,Bhotiya nomads,Barahoti

Bhotiya nomads with their sheeps in the Niti valley. (Arvind Moudgil)

Joshimath / Dehradun : In the backdrop of the alleged Chinese army transgression in the state, the state administration has decided to deny permission for Bhotiya nomads of Niti Valley in Chamoli district to visit the Barahoti area to perform traditional rituals.

PTI had reported that Chinese Army troops transgress Barahoti sector close to India-China border on July 25. The nomads and locals often visit the 80 sq km Barahoti pasture. There is also a temple of Lord Shiva and a pond known as Parvati Kund where Bhotiya nomads take a dip and pay obeisance.

The India-China standoff over Doklam in Sikkim is only adding to the tension. The administration however has not talked about Chinese threats. Additional district magistrate of Joshimath Yogendra Singh said the denial is temporary.

“Being monsoon season, sometimes permission is denied to visit the area as the visitors could stuck in landslides and land in trouble. It is just a precautionary measure. After all they have traditional right to visit temple and pond,” ADM told HT over phone.

The Bhotiyas are upset. Dharmendra Pal, head of Bampa village, said now they have turned reluctant as “it would be arduous to get the permission from the administration in view of the tensions at the border”. Other villagers say they may make an effort to keep their traditionals alive.”

First Published: Aug 03, 2017 20:47 IST