Murder charge dropped against Dalit farmers in Balad Kalan issue

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Aug 05, 2014 23:35 IST

Bringing relief to the arrested Dalit farmers, Sangrur police on Tuesday dropped charges of attempt to murder against them in the Balad Kalan land-dispute case.

As many as 41 Dalit activists of the Zameen Prapti Sangarsh Samiti (ZPSS) were arrested on June 27 for allegedly attacking police personnel and hindering the auction of reserved panchayati land in Balad Kalan village.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Gurpreet Singh Dhindsa said medical reports of police personnel injured in the clash revealed that the injuries were not life threatening.
It may be recalled that ten constables --eight women and two men -- were injured during the faceoff between the farmers and police on June 27.

Dhindsa said that the police and civil administration held a meeting in Bhiwanigarh government school on August 3 to solve the issue amicably.

"The police are trying to resolve the issues and have initiated the process by giving some relief to the farmers after consulting with senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu," he said.

However, on Monday, 10 out of the 41 under trial Dalit farmers intensified their agitation and went on an indefinite hunger strike in the district jail, demanding immediate release and re-auction of the land.

The farmers will be produced in a local court on August 8.
Meanwhile, other charges levelled against them - sections 186, 353, 148 and 149 remain.

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