While the woman sarpanch of Alipur village in the Jalandhar East subdivision alleged that a private construction company is encroaching upon the cremation ground land, the police on the other hand maintained that they have received complaints in the matter without any mention of the violator(s).
District Congress Committee (rural) president Jagbir Singh Brar visited the disputed site on Thursday along with his party members and villagers. The villagers alleged that a truckload of bricks was emptied at night on the disputed land a few days back.
Some passersby, they said, immediately raised an alarm following which people gathered at the site and impounded the truck which was later handed over to the police.
During investigations, the truck driver said he got a call on his mobile phone and was asked to deliver the bricks. The complainants also failed to name anyone in the matter.
“Members of the village panchayat had raised the issue with the deputy commissioner following which an order was given to the respective authorities to clear the encroachment, but no action has been taken by the police or the block development officer of the area so far,” Brar claimed.
Villagers along with the sarpanch and other panchayat members alleged that the encroachment by the private construction company enjoys backing of some Akali leaders and hence the authorities have failed to initiate any action in the case.
Area SHO Sukhdev Singh said, “The issue has been going on for some time. Suddenly, some politically active villagers are raising a hue and cry alleging encroachment on the cremation ground land. But they do not name anyone in their complaints.”
“We have visited the disputed area. It is difficult to register a complaint against anonymous persons till they name someone. We are investigating the matter,” he added.