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Six people killed in Kathua during land encroachment clash with police

At least six persons were injured in Jammu and Kashmirs Kathua District, as police baton charged tribesmen who had reportedly encroached upon government land.

Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir), May 4 : At least six persons were injured in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District, as police baton charged tribesmen who had reportedly encroached upon government land.

Trouble started when police came to evict at least 30-40 Gujjar tribal families from nearly 30 hectares of land in Kathua, which lies close to the border with Pakistan.

State police, bolstered by paramilitary troops, sought to evict the Gujjars.

"A group of a community of migratory people who come here during the summers, pitched their tents on this land. When we were informed, we came here with a force. They were instigated by certain people, so we had to use some force," J P Singh, Superintendent of Police, Kathua, said.

Tilak Raj, a resident of Kathua said: "Some are from Punjab, some are from Doda and others are from Gandhol. They said they did not have place to live anymore".

The contentious area falls under the jurisdiction of the Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department.

Five persons have been arrested and an investigation is on.

ANI

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