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Woman accuses official of chopping off walnut trees

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Anantnag: A family from Sallar area of Pahalgam Anantnag Saturday alleged that a top official cut down ‘their’ walnut trees without any prior notice.
A woman, identified as Jameela Bano said that she owned walnut trees which were the only source of income for her.
A couple of years back, district administration Anantnag procured this land and set up a government school, keeping these walnut trees intact. Government had promised a job for one of my family members, however, that promise was not fulfilled,” she said.
Jameela Bano said that Naib Tehsildar visited the spot yesterday and chopped off all walnut trees without any prior notice. She said Naib Tehsildar informed her that he is following the directions from the top.
“The fruit bearing trees were cut down without any mercy,” she said.
When contacted Naib Tehsildar Sallar Tehsil, Shakil Ahmed Pal said that these walnut trees were on state land and to make ground clear for the school, these were cut down,” he said and refuted the claim that these walnut trees were owned by any woman. (KNT)

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