30 cattle cross over LoC in north Kashmir's Gurez

Distressed owners seek help in bringing the livestock back.
30 cattle cross over LoC in north Kashmir's Gurez
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Bandipora: At least 30 cattle in Gurez valley in north Kashmir's Bandipora have crossed the Line of Control (LoC) with the distressed owners appealing authorities for the return of the livestock.

According to locals from village Baduaab, situated close to the Line of Control in Tulail tehsil that consists of several small hamlets, the cattle went missing after they ventured into other side of the LoC.

The cattle, as per the locals, were grazing in the pastures in the upper reaches when they crossed the border.

The locals from Baduaab and its adjoining small hamlets of Gaykoot, Baduaab, Chota Baduaab, and Bada Baduaab comprising around 200 odd souls have issued a SOS over their lost cattle saying the livestock was a major source of their livelihood.

“The cattle are the livelihood of the villagers in majority of the villages in Gurez including Baduaab, which are used for ploughing fields for sowing different types of crops as the machinery can't reach the uphill villages,” DDC Tulail, Raja Aijaz told Greater Kashmir.

Aijaz said appealed the local as well as the LG administration on behalf of the villagers for help to bring the cattle back.

SDM Gurez, Mudassir Ahmad while confirming the cattle had probably crossed over the LoC, said that they are looking into the matter.

Being a military populated area, the cattle owners were not allowed to venture deep into the LoC by the patrolling soldiers even as the army's permission is being sought by the local administration to search the cattle.

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