Police have rubbished media reports that a police post in Lalupura village in the district was demolished by a group of villagers on Tuesday.
A press note issued by the office of superintendent of police (SP) on Wednesday stated that there was no police post at the village and women had damaged a room constructed by another section of farmers.
“The news reports that appeared in a section of media (not Hindustan Times) that a police post was targeted and demolished by villagers at Lalupura is baseless. There is no police post in the vicinity of the village,” read the statement. The SP's office said legal action would be taken against anyone trying to instigate violence in the area.
Two groups of villagers from Keharwali, Lalupura, Arainpura, Amritpura Kalan, Amritpura Khurd, Kalram and Dera Bharatpur are at the loggerheads over land consolidation.
The Supreme Court had, in February, ordered the sanction of land consolidation in the villages. The physical possession of majority of the 2,400 acres was given to owners identified in the consolidation scheme, while the other section wants to retain the “excess” lands.
On Monday, a group of villagers who had won the case in Supreme Court had tried to harvest paddy. Agitated at this development, the rival group on Tuesday damaged tube-well rooms, a house and a room that was misreported by a section of the media as a police post.
“Farmers who had won the case had constructed a room in Lalupura and offered it to the police to quell violence, if any, by the other group. The police never used the structure as a picket,” SP Shashank Anand told Hindustan Times on Wednesday.
He said a media team of the district police had recorded the incident of violence and a case had been registered at the Madhuban police station.
Anand said a group of villagers, including women, had ransacked the room at Lalupura and other structures and legal action would be initiated against them.
“We have conveyed to the Rohtak division commissioner to meet villagers at the mini-secretariat in Karnal on Thursday. Villagers should air their grievances to the authorities instead to restoring to violence,” the SP added. Prohibitory orders have been invoked in the seven villages till December 14.