Gujjars ordered to leave Rajaji National Park

April 15, 2011


The forest dwelling tribe of Gujjars have been given the final orders to move to their newly rehabilitated colonies within next two months. The orders comes in wake of constant movement of Gujjars in forests and their direct conflict with wildlife.Stern action will be taken if the orders are not met. A rehabilitated colony has been provided to Gujjars in Gaindikhata region. Many families have already moved to their new homes, but a handful of Dera (a whole clan) still lurks around in the park region.

So much so that Gujjars have been found involved with poaching in past and their presence in the Rajaji National Park forest has hampered the growth of natural flora as well as wildlife. Even though some intellectuals aggressively protest the allegation of poaching the locals know that for centuries Gujjars have exploited precious forest resources.

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