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Tussle between Dalits, farmers over daily wages ends

PTI  Sangrur, July 11, 2012
First Published: 16:27 IST(11/7/2012) | Last Updated: 21:22 IST(11/7/2012)

A month-long tussle between Dalits and farmers over daily wages in Mahasinghwala village in Sangrur district Wednesday ended after intervention of the administration.

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According to Dalits, the farmers refused to employ them in their fields claiming they were demanding "exorbitant wages", and instead hired labourers from outside.

The Dalits also alleged the farmers, who belong to the majority community, exercised their influence due to which they were not getting work during sowing of the paddy season in the neighbouring villages also.

A deputation of the Dalit community on Friday presented a memorandum to deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul and sought his intervention to end the tussle.

Following the direction of the DC, Lehra, SDM Subhash Chander intervened in the matter and convinced both the parties for a truce, officials said.

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