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25 SC families forced to vacate houses in Mahendergarh village

Around 25 scheduled caste (SC) families were forced to vacate their houses at Bawana village in Mahendergarh district after the village panchayat said that the land on which they were living for the past 40 years belonged to it.

punjab Updated: Aug 23, 2015 22:02 IST
HT Correspondent

Around 25 scheduled caste (SC) families were forced to vacate their houses at Bawana village in Mahendergarh district after the village panchayat said that the land on which they were living for the past 40 years belonged to it.

Following the directions of the village panchayat, these families of Sapera community, belonging to SC category, left the village and are now living in temporary houses on the outskirts of the Mahendergarh town.

The village panchayat said that it had decided to set up a sports stadium on the said land.

However, the displaced families claimed that that they had been living in the village for the past 40 years and the government had provided them documents which they were using as residential proof.

"The biggest problem is of our school-going children. The panchayat's sudden decision has not only affected us, but the future of our children is also at stake", said Ram Kumar Nath, head of a displaced family.

Though the district administration has given them assurance that it would make arrangements for temporary shelter in the village till the issue gets resolved, the SC families were worried that they might face the ire of the villagers.

On Sunday, Mahendergarh SDM Umedh Singh, along with other officers of the district administration, called on the affected families and assured that steps would be taken to provide them shelter in the village.

However, Mahendergarh deputy commissioner Atul Kumar could not be contacted despite repeated attempts by HT.