Anantnag, June 5: Locals from Mehand village of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district Friday appealed Deputy Commissioner to order an inquiry into the repeated incidents about the cutting down of apple trees.
President, Auqaf Committee Mehand village, Abdul Rashid told news agency KNT that more than 200 trees have been chopped off by miscreants. “These are high density apple trees and their size is always short but they were 3 years old and next year they were expected to bear fruits. These were not graft trees as is being claimed,” he said.
The president said that it is not a family dispute but the handiwork of miscreants. “Over six families have become victims. Family dispute always involves two units but here apple trees of six family have been cut down. People took it lightly when they saw first some trees being cut but when incidents occur repeatedly, they start to worry. Even police rushed to spot and an FIR stands registered in police station Sri Gufwara,” he said.
“The villagers now appeal to DC Anantnag to order an inquiry so that miscreants could be identified,” he said.
The Auqaf President added that a police officer also suggested to people that restrictions will be implemented in the night; to which people said in that case they will face problems.