14 April 2020: Sadiq stood at the Sansarpur Terrace border check post from where he has regularly crossed over to Himachal Pradesh from Hoshiarpur in Punjab for over a decade to supply milk to his long-time customers. But the Himachal policeman, who was standing at the check post with an entry register in his hand, denied him permission to cross over, shaking his head in warning. One could be forgiven for thinking that Sadiq and fellow Gujjar Yaqub Ali were not being allowed to cross over because Himachal, like the rest of the country, was in a state of lockdown. However, that did not explain why the policeman was allowing non-Muslims to cross over to the Himachal side to sell vegetables and milk but denying permission to the Muslim Gujjars to do so. When it was pointed out, the policeman replied, “You better talk to the chowki in-charge, I will give you his number.” Seeing that this correspondent was taking photographs, a look of annoyance crossed his face. “Don’t click any pictures here, we are on duty,” he said testily. After entering the details of our vehicle in his register, the policeman waved us on. At the chowki (police station) a kilometre ahead, the conversation with assistant sub-inspector(ASI) Sanjeev Kumar proceeded smoothly until he was asked why they were allowing non-Muslims to cross over but holding Muslim Gujjars back. Kumar replied: “There’s a lot of tension in the area”. Then Kumar put the onus on the tehsildar (revenue officer) of Dehra, saying that “all milk vendors need written permission” from the tehsildar. When contacted, Dehra tehsildar Amit Rana, he said he was issuing passes only to the local milk vendors of Himachal. ”You can ask the police, we are not stopping anyone,” he said. Rana refuted ASI Kumar’s version that milk vendors from Punjab needed his permission to move into Himachal territory. “We give permission to our milkmen. You better ask the police why they are stopping milk vendors from Punjab,” he said.