Friday, August 12, 2011

Water war in Baramulla

As many as 12 people, including a police officer were injured in the violent clashes triggered by water row between the villagers of two different areas of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

According to reports, intermittent clashes break out between the villagers of two different areas of Rafiabad since early this week over the sharing of water from nallah Hamal. The nallah irrigates thousands of kanals of agriculture land in over a dozen villages including Yarbug, Chergund, Manjampora, Sean, Sadnaar, Batpora, Sheikhpora, Behkirpora, Fidarpora, Chatloora, Dangiwacha, Watergam, Rawoocha, Waripora, Sangrampora and Channam.

The clashes, reports said, broke out after the villagers of an area demanded more share of water from the nallah to irrigate over 4000 kanals of their agriculture land. However, the other group, who have over 40,000 kanals of agriculture land refused to entertain their request. The refusal led to tension between the two parties before it led to fierce clashes.
On Thursday, reports said, the villagers again clashed over the issue. A police party led by Station House Officer (SHO) Dangiwacha, Murtaza Ahmad Qureshi, who tried to diffuse the clash between the rival groups, was also caught up in the clashes. Murtaza and at least 19 villagers, reports said, have been injured in the clashes so far.
“We have deployed CRPF troopers and police in the areas to maintain law and order in view of the clashes over the water sharing. The area is comparatively peaceful now,” SHO Dangiwacha said.

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