Jats, khap leaders block rail track in Jind village
Members of Jat community and Khap leaders on Wednesday blocked the Delhi-Ferozepur rail track near Narwana while demanding a compensation of `25 lakh and government job for the wife of 28-year-old Vikram, who died in a clash between members of upper castes and BPL families over possession of 12 acres of panchayati land in Dharondi village in Jind district.punjab Updated: Jul 29, 2015 21:16 IST
Members of Jat community and Khap leaders on Wednesday blocked the Delhi-Ferozepur rail track near Narwana while demanding a compensation of Rs 25 lakh and government job for the wife of 28-year-old Vikram, who died in a clash between members of upper castes and BPL families over possession of 12 acres of panchayati land in Dharondi village in Jind district.
The protesters, who had come to attend the 'Rasam Pagri' of Vikram, decided to block the railway track, alleging that the district administration failed to provide any relief to the deceased's family.
Narwana DSP and SDM Narwana reached the spot, but they failed to pacify the agitating villagers.
When contacted, Jind superintendent of police Abhishek Jorwal said, "The blockade has not been lifted so far. We are talking to railway authorities to divert the rail traffic from this track till they end the protest".
On the police failure to control the protesters, he said, "The family members were satisfied with the police action as we have already arrested 8 people on the charge of murder, but today they have called outsiders, who are creating trouble".
Jind Railway station incharge Anil Yadav said that following the blockade, routs of several trains had already been diverted via Panipat.
Jind deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said, "The district child welfare committee was looking into the demand for government job to the wife of the deceased, but the compensation of Rs 25 lakh is not in our hands. We have already conveyed their demands to the government and promised them to ensure compensation as per the rules".
"Talks are going on and we are hopeful of clearing the rail track soon", he added.
National Sarvkhap president Nafe Singh said, "We had given an ultimatum to the government but they did not take our demand for compensation to the family seriously, so we decided to block the railway track".
He said that the agitation will continue till the government announces relief for the family of Vikram.
Vikram was killed and two others were injured after members of upper caste and BPL families clashed over the possession of panchayti land to provide residential plots to 140 BPL families of the village.