Hours after the members of Ravidassia community laid siege to the panchayat land in Guraddi village of this district, the police have booked SAD leader Hakam Singh and his neighbor Balbir Singh under Section 447 ( punishment for criminal trespass) on Sunday. Both the accused are absconding though.
SP (headquarters) Rakesh Kumar here said that a truce between the gram panchayat and community members was reached late in the evening on Sunday and Hakam Singh and Balbir Singh have been booked under relevant section of the law.
“The community members were convinced that proper action will be taken after which they left the spot and the gram panchayat has taken over the plot of land.”
However, the community members have also demanded a case under section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of the IPC against Ravinder Singh (grandson of Hakam Singh) for attacking the statue of Guru Ravidas.
“While we were protesting against the encroachment of panchayat land, Ravinder Singh came with a sword and attacked the statue of our Guru. We want strict action against the accused,” said Bhupinder Singh, district leader of Bahujan Samaj Party.
The community leaders have also submitted a complaint to the concerned sub divisional magistrate of Budhlada. Meanwhile Budhlada SDM Kala Ram Kansal, who had ordered to put up a barbed wire around the disputed site, said that the community members and the gram panchayat have been called for a meeting later this week to resolve the issue.
“Though the community members have left the spot, a formal meeting will be held in my office with both the parties and the grampanchayat to decide the utilisation of the disputed site,” he said. The SDM further informed that the community members have also given a complaint against the panchayat secretary and the block development officer for which the probe is on.
HT has also learnt that despite repeated complaints of encroachment, the concerned SHO Makkhan Singh who had booked the SAD leader and his neighbour had been going slow over the case due to his close proximity with the SAD MLA Chatan Singh Samao. “Station house officer Makkhan Singh was deliberately trying to delay the case and was attempting to settle for a compromise between the community members and the gram panchayat in order to absolve SAD leader Hakam Singh,” said a police officer on the condition of anonymity.