Three police personnel were injured in a clash between khet majdoors and electricity officials at Singhewala village under the Lambi police station on Friday evening when the locals protested against the move of the powercom officials to fix power meters outside their houses.
"The powerom officials, accompanied by a police party, reached the village on Friday evening to fix power supply meters out of their houses. But, the locals, including many khet majdoors, began to protest against it and allegedly pelted the policemen and power officials with stones," claimed a source.
But the villagers alleged that the police party resorted to a canecharge on them when they peacefully protesting against shifting power meters out of the houses without completing all the required formalities. They also claimed that seven villagers were also injured in the police action. One Lakha Singh has been shifted to a Bathinda hospital.
But, the police denied the use of any force. "The villagers created a law and order problem and even attacked the police party. Three of our personnel were injured in the incident and are admitted to the civil hospital, Lambi. The police party only used mild force to control the situation. The police are taking an action against the villagers for attacking the police party and an FIR would be lodged in this regard" said Manvinderbir Singh, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Malout.
The protesters have also alleged that the police have taken about half a dozen of them in custody.