Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday said that he was closely monitoring the issue of alleged eviction of Sikh farmers from Gujarat's Kutch region, and no injustice would be done to them.
“We are keeping a close watch on the situation and have taken steps to ensure that the interests of the Sikh farmers in Gujarat are protected and justice is done to them,” Hooda said in a statement issued here on Friday.
It may be recalled that a delegation of the Haryana and Punjab Congress leaders, including Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda, had met Prime Minister Mammohan Singh and apprised him of the alleged discrimination being done to them by the BJP government led by Narendra Modi in Gujarat.
After the 1965 war at the initiative of late prime ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi, the then Congress-led Gujarat government had given barren government land to Sikh families in the vicinity of Pakistan border area in Kutch district, at a token rate. The Sikh farmers developed the land and settled down there. But, after having nurtured the land for decades, they were told by the Modi government in 2010 that they had no right on their land. After the high court upheld the farmers' rights on their lands, the Modi regime had approached the Supreme Court.