Chandigarh: The Zamin Bachao Sangharsh Committee (ZBSC), which is fighting a battle with landlords in Jaloor village of Lehragaga sub-division, Sangrur, has accused Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa of supporting the rich farmers in the tussle between Dalits and landlords. Gurmukh Singh, general secretary of ZBSC, told Daily Post, “Dhindsa is not letting the police arrest any of 28 farmers whose names have been mentioned in the FIR.” The bloody fight between the two communities occurred on October 5, but till date no accused from the farming community has been
On the other hand 69 Dalits demanding share in the allotment of the panchayat owned land of 90 acre were booked and arrested. One injured Dalit woman Gurdev Kaur, mother of Balbir Singh, an activist, even died in the hospital last week. Gurmukh Singh disclosed that 40 acres of the village common land was in permanent possession of some farmers and no effort was being made by the village panchayat to evict them.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Akashdeep Singh, when contacted, said that the arrested Dalits had been discharged by the court on the recommendation of the administration. The case registered under Section 307 had now been changed to Section 302 of the IPC as Gurdev Kaur had died. As many as 28 farmers had been booked for the murder. He said, “Police parties have been sent to arrest the booked farmers and they will surely succeed in netting at least 4 or 5 accused till Thursday evening.”
But ZBSC alleged that all the accused farmers were roaming freely in the village and due to pressure from Finance Minister Dhindsa, they were not being arrested.
DSP Aulakh denied that Parminder Singh Dhindsa had anything to do with the problem. Repeated calls to Dhindsa for his version remained unanswered.
ZBSC was holding a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner Sangrur. They had blocked traffic on the Bathinda-Chandigarh highway for two hours on Monday. Ten different organisations of farmers and labourers had now joined hands with the Committee to further the agitation. Joginder Singh Ugrahan president of the BKU spoke to the SSP Sangrur, Pritpal Singh Thind while Jandu Singh Jethu raised the matter with Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, S K Sandhu. But the dispute over the land stands as it was.
An inquiry committee formed under the directions of the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes is yet to give its report. Chairman of the commission Rajesh Bagha had promised that within 10 working days the inquiry report would be made public. But till date the inquiry report has not been released.
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