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Police lathi charge protestors on hunger strike

punjab Updated: Feb 17, 2014 00:56 IST
HT Correspondent

Tension prevailed in Roorkee village after the sarpanch and five others sitting on a hunger strike were allegedly lathicharged on Saturday.

Sarpanch Sudhir Hooda and five others have been sitting on a dharna since February 10 to protest the alleged failure of district administration in freeing a village land from the illegal possession of land-grabbers.

The incident occurred after the police reached the dharna site on Saturday evening to persuade the agitators to end the protest. Force was allegedly used after the six refused. Some protestors were allegedly forcibly taken from the site of protest. The police then left the venue only after villagers joined the protesters.

On Sunday morning, a team led by additional deputy commissioner RC Birdhan went to the protest site to pacify the protesters and persuade them into ending the agitation.

"We were sitting on the dharna in a peaceful manner, but force was used against us. We will continue their agitation till the encroachment is removed from the land," said Hooda.

Meanwhile, the ADC formed a committee under the local district development and panchayati officer (DDPO) to resolve the issue. Roorkee village falls under Garhi-Sampla-Kiloi, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda constituency.