The police on Friday arrested 14 farmers who were opposing demarcation of land being acquired for construction of bypass on the Mehatpur-Parjian road.
Sukhwinder Kaur (32), a resident of Udhowal village, who was sitting on dharna with other women at the demarcation site, said that her husband Manjit Singh was arrested by the police as he was opposing demarcation. She said that the government was trying to please a dera head and there was no need for any kind of bypass here.
Women opposing demarcation raised slogans against the Punjab government and the dera head. They also alleged that women cops manhandled them.
The state government had acquired land measuring nine acres, two canals and four marlas in Udhowal and Pachharian villages and had issued a notification in July.
SDM HS Dhaliwal, who was monitoring the demarcation, said that public works department (PWD) authorities had sent a proposal to the government for acquiring land for bypass on the Mehatpur-Parjian road around Buland Puri Dera.
Member panchayat of Udhowal village Narinder Singh (55) said there was no need for the bypass and the government was forcibly acquiring the land to appease a dera head.
Balwinder Singh (54) said the Mehatpur-Parjian road had recently been upgraded under the Pardhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna and widened to 66 feet and there was no need for the bypass.
Varinder Kala, the state committee member of Janwadi Naujawan Sabha, said they would not allow the government to snatch land from cultivators.
Mehatpur naib-tehsildar Narinderjit Singh said that the demarcation of land measuring 9 acres, 2 kanals and 4 marlas falling in Udhowal and Pachharian villages was completed to the satisfaction of PWD and forest authorities concerned.