The department of sheep husbandry has declined army’s offer to purchase a huge chunk of land in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Media reports quoting director sheep husbandry, Kashmir Dr. Abdul Salam Mir said he has informed army that his department is not interested to sell its land to army. “I have conveyed this decision to their officers verbally. On Monday, I will send a written communication to them since Saturday and Sunday are holidays,” he told media.
Earlier, in an official communication on May 26, the army’s 19 infantry division ordinance unit had expressed its desire to purchase 129 kanals of land in Pattan area belonging to the sheep husbandry department.

“Some troops of this unit are temporarily stationed in your land at Kreri high ground, near Tapperwari village. It is requested to inform whether you wish to sell your above mentioned land to the Indian army,” reads the letter addressed to the director animal and sheep husbandry department.
The letter had sought reply from the department by May 30.

Director sheep husbandry also confirmed to media to have received a letter of interest by the army. He also said the land belongs to the department and the locals were no shareholders to it.
“We cannot sell this land. We need it to meet our demands. We sow seeds and produce fodder which we sell to the farms,” he said, adding “This land entirely belongs to our department. It is registered in revenue records.”