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Gujjars from J&K are seen as major threat in Punjab

 

Gujjars from J&K are seen as major threat in Punjab

Published on :3 Dec,2017 By :- UNT News Desk


Punjab:Sensing a threat to national threat by nomad Gujjars from Jammu and Kashmir, the Border Security Force has written to the Punjab police asking the latter to remove the temporary hutments of Gujjars from along Indo-Pak border. The BSF in a letter has stated that the porous borders of Punjab could become and easy route for terrorists from Pakistan in wake of Gujars settling temporarily during the winters in these areas. Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts are seen as the most vulnerable by the BSF where a large number of members of Gujjar community settle in winters after migrating from the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir. The letter shot off by Deputy Inspector General of BSF (headquarter) Punjab, Gurpal Singh to the state state police has asked them to immediately remove the hutments of Gujjars from near the borders in Punjab. “Gujjars from J&K, have established their Deras in border areas in Punjab. Most of the hutments located on government land and situated very near to border are posing big threat for the national security, since their identification is unknown” stated the letter by BSF to the state police, a copy of which is accessed by Daily Post (A Local Web News Portal of Punjab). The letter further states that as the Indo-Pak border is highly sensitive in view of infiltration of militants and smuggling, their (Gujjars) involvement in such anti national activities cannot be ruled out. “The issue for their shifting from the border areas was also discussed during the 38th High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) in New Delhi on July 21 this year” the letter states. The letter has also been sent to the headquater of BSF in New Delhi. Members of Gujjar community that have not shunned their traditional way of life of migrating from hilly areas to plains during winters come to Punjab during this season as the high reaches of J&K become inhospitable. Their involvement in any terror activity along Indo-Pak border have so far not been substantiated. A senior police officer posted in Gurdaspur district said that a communication from Home department of state government has been received. “Action on hutments of the Gujjar community has been initiated” the official said on anonymity as the matter pertains to national security.


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