A dozen of villagers burnt an effigy of Nahar group owner Kamal Oswal in front of Nahar Sugar mill at Amloh on Friday, demanding not to set up the liquor distillery at Kumbhra village as it would pollute the environment and disturb the groundwater table.
Jagbir Singh Salna, who is leading the campaign, said they had been sitting on protest in front of the Nahar Sugar mill since September 1 to put pressure on the owner for not setting up the distillery.
He added people of different villages have been sitting on the protest and would continue to protest until the government will not withdraw the decision of setting up the distillery.
He said the residents were surprised that how the owner managed to procure the permission when the area was declared 'notified area' that is an overexploited area in terms of water and the Nahar group had decided to set up the distillery, which will automatically affect the groundwater table.
The residents had even submitted a complaint to the deputy commissioner, alleging that the Nahar group had installed illegal tubewells in the area.
However, the company claims to have all requisite permissions from the authorities concerned for the project.
On September 30, People's Party Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal along with his supporters also joined the ongoing protest and all political parties have also supported the residents for their cause.