Demanding that the rape case against former Gorkha village sarpanch Kulwinder Singh be dropped, many pro-Akali panchayats on Thursday resolved to oppose the farmers’ agitation starting on Friday to see the accused behind bars and the victim released.
The sarpanches and panches led by “Panchayat Union” president Jodhbir Singh assembled at a gurdwara here to announce a parallel protest to stop Kisan Sangharsh Committee from uttering foul words against the former sarpanch.
Two days after the rape case was registered, the victim (18), who is from Kuharka village, was arrested in an old murder case against her father and brother.
Accused Kulwinder is associated with the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Angered over police inaction against him, farmers had protested outside the Sadar police station here last week.
Now they plan to sit outside the office of the Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police for indefinite period.
The local Akali leaders are also mobilising panchayats and other organisations to take them on. The parallel agitations threaten to cause tension and confrontation.
Kisan Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sawinder Singh Chautala said the parallel protest didn’t bother his organisation, as “everybody has the right to protest in a democracy”.