Driven out of Gujarat, say Punjab Hry origin farmers
The farmers of Punjab and Haryana origin settled in the Kutch region of Gujarat for five decades on Saturday charged the Narendra Modi government in the west-coast state with trying to dislodge them and take over their agricultural land.chandigarh Updated: Sep 01, 2012 22:14 IST
From the birthplace, they are driven to their states of their roots.
The farmers of Punjab and Haryana origin settled in the Kutch region of Gujarat for five decades on Saturday charged the Narendra Modi government in the west-coast state with trying to dislodge them and take over their agricultural land.
The Kutch district collector had ordered to freeze the agricultural accounts of many Punjab and Haryana origin farmers on the ground that they were from outside states and holding land illegally in Gujarat, farmers Surinder Singh Bhullar and Tej Ram Rania, who led a delegation of this community, stated at a press conference here.
After a protracted legal battle, a three-judge bench of the Gujarat high court of late set aside the decision of the Kutch district collector. "The Gujarat government has challenged the decision in the Supreme Court," said Bhullar. "It means Narendra Modi wants to throw us out of the state that is our home since 1966 and where many of us were born."
"The farmers are here to sensitise the Punjab and Haryana governments about the gravity of the situation," said Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) spokesman Balwant Singh Ramoowalia. "I have requested the deputy chief minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, to take up the matter with the Gujarat CM, Modi."
A land mafia in Gujarat and Kutch had conspired to grab the agricultural land of these farmers, said Ramoowalia, adding that complainants had been barred from meeting Narendra Modi.
The farmers said they had all the relevant official documents-such as the residence proof, land ownership papers, voter's identity cards, mortgage deeds, and nationality and birth certificates of their children-to make a claim.
"We request chief minister Modi to intervene and stop this harassment of farmers by accepting the high court verdict," said Ramoowalia. The farmers will next meet chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.