The tussle between two groups at Sadda Singh Wala village, 15 km from here, over the issue of drainage of rain water, turned violent and led to pelting of stones on the policemen on Tuesday night. Three policemen were reported to have been injured in the incident, despite the deployment of a heavy police force in the village.
As per the civil hospital record, the injured have been identified as assistant sub inspector (ASI), Nachhatar Singh, head constable, Narinderjit Singh and constable, Rajinder Singh.
The village has been facing a flood-like situation and many areas are under water. The school in the village, streets, fields as well as the crimination ground of the village are waterlogged and residents are fearing the outbreak of some epidemic in the area.
According to sources, water has already destroyed maize, menthe, fodder and feed stores of farmers and damaged walls of more than two dozen houses.
When a team of senior officers, including additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Ajmer Singh, district development and panchayat officer Ravinderpal Singh, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Surinder Kaur, superintendent of police (SP) Harjit Singh Pannu and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Harpal Singh Randhawa reached the village for finding a solution of the problem of waterlogging, they were attacked with stones.
Some hooligans also threw a burning substance on the officials who were busy in supervising the digging of a street for laying a pipeline in the village.
Actually, the dispute between two groups of residents of Gill patti and Sandhu patti, over the drainage of the standing water, led to the aggravation of the situation.
The situation in the village is grim as the cremation ground is also waterlogged and people faced a lot of difficulty when they reached there to cremate a body. They had to put up the pyre amid dirty rain and sewerage water.
Earlier, supporters of both the groups had staged protests outside the deputy commissioner's office. Supporters of the Sandhu patti blocked traffic on the Ferozepur-Ludhiana national highway near the Nestle India Limited here.
Baljit Singh, a member of the panchayat, who supports the Sandhu patti, said that the dispute over the drainage system has been 25-year-old. But, the situation aggravated very much this year.
Residents of Sandhu patti Jagtar Singh, Pardhan Gurmail Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Jasvir Singh and Angrej Singh, who also led the protest, said that they had submitted their grievances to the district administration, but nobody listened to them. "No doubt, the administration has failed to find out a suitable solution about the waterlogging problem in the village under political pressure," said panchayat member, Baljit Singh.
"Their houses, schools and other common places are waterlogged as there is no drainage system in the village and residents of the Sandhu patti allegedly have blocked their drainage system," said Pardhan Gurdev Singh.
On the other hand, residents of the Gill patti accused residents of the Sandhu patti of trying to sabotage the compromise arrived at in the presence of senior officials a few days ago.
ADC Ajmer Singh said, "The administration has solved the problem of waterlogging in the village temporarily. However, the panchayat department has started investigation into the entire matter how the situation aggravated."