Two Dalit women labourers have gone into hiding after an allegedly false theft case was lodged against them by the farmer who employed them, following a scuffle with him over wages.
Gyano, 45, and Baksho, 42, both residents of Nijjan village, along with Vijay and Pamma, are trying to evade arrest by the Jalandhar rural police ever since Gurdev Singh registered a complaint of theft and voluntarily causing hurt at Lambra police station on September 9.
According to Gyano, the police were siding with Gurdev after the fight on September 2. "Although we have also lodged a complaint with the police, they are not taking action on ours," she added.
Bakho said their acquaintances had met Jalandhar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Yurinder Singh Hayer seeking cancellation of the case and registration of one against the farmer. "However the police have done nothing," she said. It is learnt that Hayer has marked the inquiry into the case to superintendent of police (SP) (detective) Rajinder Singh.
According to the labourers, on September 2, they had demanded Rs 150 as wages after working in Gurdev's fields for 10 days. However, he refused to give them more than Rs 125 and a scuffle ensued.
On the other hand, Gurdev claimed that the women and two others attacked him and stole Rs 50,000 from his pocket.
Bahujan Samaj Party district general secretary Kamal Dev Jandusingha said he would meet the SSP on Tuesday and give an ultimatum to cancel the case or face agitation on the issue. Rajinder, however, remained unavailable for comment.