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Villagers block traffic demanding construction of temple

Activists of Maharishi Balmiki Kranti Dal led by their state president Sarwan Gill blocked traffic outside gate number two of Rail Coach Factory near here on Wednesday. The activists were protesting the ongoing "illegal" construction on the land on which they sought to build a temple after status quo was ordered by the authorities.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 31, 2012 23:28 IST
HT Correspondent

Activists of Maharishi Balmiki Kranti Dal led by their state president Sarwan Gill blocked traffic outside gate number two of Rail Coach Factory near here on Wednesday.


The activists were protesting the ongoing "illegal" construction on the land on which they sought to build a temple after status quo was ordered by the authorities.

The protest started at 6.30pm and continued till 8pm. The activists raised slogans against the government, police and district administration and even broke the windscreen of a car.

A heavy police force led by superintendent of police Kulwant Singh reached the spot and to pacify the agitators.

"We are holding protests for the last 25 days demanding the construction of a temple on the village common land, but the local panchayat is not supporting us," Sarwan Gill, a protester said. "The matter was later moved to the district administration and status quo was ordered. Yet some influential persons from a nearby village started constructing a shopping mall. If they can start construction despite status quo why not we?"

Bhulana village sarpanch Parvesh Gill said, "The activists forcibly wish to acquire the village common land on the pretext of building a temple. They are demanding that 50% of the nearly-13-kanal area along the road side be used to construct the temple, which the panchayat has objected to."

"The matter is pending before the district administration, but they are trying to take possession of the land," Gill said, "The matter was listed for hearing on November 6."

Eyewitnesses said one of the activists even called a district official to inform him about the illegal construction despite the stay order. The official advised him that they could also continue with the construction of temple there, said the eyewitness.

It took nearly an hour for the police to bring the situation under control and clear the road blockade. "We have pacified the activists and arranged their meeting with the district officials on Thursday to sort out the issues," said Kulwant.