A group from Ravidas Sabha clashed with police on Thursday over the possession of a place associated with Guru Ravidas at Khuralgarh village in this district, where the Punjab government is raising a huge memorial.
A few days ago, the sabha had warned the administration of agitation if it failed to remove alleged illegal occupant Satwinderjit Singh Heera from the religious place by May 11. They accused Heera of grabbing the place at the behest of some ruling-party leaders
Early in the day, the sabha supporters gathered at Garhi Mansowal village nearby. The civil and police administration also go there and called them for discussion. The protesters relented and, as a goodwill gesture, police allowed them to pray at ‘Charan Ganga’ in Khuralgarh, where they started making provocative speeches and claimed to have taken over the land.
When police tried to disperse them, they pelted them with stones. As Garhshankar station house officer (SHO) Jagdish Raj Attri and at least three more cops were injured, police resorted to cane charge. Many innocent pilgrims, who were among the bystanders, also got injured.
Additional deputy commissioner Rahul Chaba and superintendent of police Amrik Singh Dhami reached the site. Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kuldip Singh Chahal said the accused had been charged with encroachment, attacking police, and disrupting the law and order.