6 acres taken forcibly, alleges panchayat secy

Sangrur, September 19

Dalit residents of Bakhshiwala village on Saturday under the banner of Zameen Prapti Sanghrash Committee (ZPSC) forcibly took possession of 6-acre land reserved for them from the village panchayat land. They alleged that some upper caste men of village had taken the land under the name of a dummy Dalit.

The land had been lying vacant for the past six months as auction of the same was cancelled five times due to opposition by village Dalits, who had been demanding its allotment jointly to all of them.

“The Panchayat Department officers, under the pressure of some Congress leaders, had allotted the reserved land to a dummy bidder,” said Mukesh Malaud, ZPSC zonal president. Village panchayat secretary Kewal Singh said: “We had allotted the land to Gamdoor Singh for Rs 1.85 lakh, as per norms, but the ZPSC members took the possession of land forcibly. Senior members will conduct an inquiry on Monday.” — TNS