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Officials held captive: Court orders FIR against BKU activists, farmers

The court of civil judge (senior division) Prashant Verma directed the police to file a report after naib tehsildar Karamjit Singh appeared before court in person and gave a detailed account of the happenings at the auction
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2020 11:42 PM IST

A local court on Wednesday ordered the police to register a case against BKU (Ugrahan) activists and farmers for holding the naib tehsildar and other officials captive during the auction of attached land in Panwan Village in December.

The court of civil judge (senior division) Prashant Verma directed the police to file a report after naib tehsildar Karamjit Singh appeared before court in person and gave a detailed account of the happenings at the auction.

As per his account, on December 25, 2019, Kamarjit accompanied by his reader, assisting staff and halqa patwari, had gone to the panchayat house in Panwan Village to auction attached land as per court orders dated November 25. The six-bigha land of Raj Kumar had been attached and was being auctioned off as he had not returned 7 lakh to Jarnail Singh, a resident of Bhawanigarh.

Karamjit had just initiated the auction proceedings when members of the BKU (Ugrahan) group under the leadership of Manjit Singh Gharachon held them captive. The men were armed with sticks and bamboo staffs.

Other members have been identified as Gamdoor Singh Dayalgarh, Karam Dass, Sukhdev Dass, Dhanna Singh, Joginder Singh, Nirbhai Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Kamal Singh Panwa, Puran Kamal, Jagdev Singh and Budh Ram.

The court order reads, “Directions have been issued to SHO, police station Bhawanigarh, to register an FIR against the persons.” The court also directed SSP Sangrur to provide protection and police help to the naib tehsildar for holding auction proceedings. A copy of the court orders was received on Thursday.

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