7 Dalit leaders booked for occupying panchayat land in Muktsar villages of Punjab

Had occupied land as mark of protest against alleged delay in allotment of 5-marla plots to Dalits

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2018 20:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Muktsar
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Police on Friday booked seven Dalit leaders for occupying panchayat land at Maur, Balamgarh and Chakk Madrassa villages in Muktsar district.

The case was registered at Lakhewali police station on the complaint of additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Sukhmeet Singh Sran, but the accused are yet to be arrested.

The Dalit leaders had occupied the panchayat land in these villages recently as a mark of protest against the alleged delay in allotment of 5-marla plots to homeless Dalits. The protest was launched under the banner of Dehati Majdoor Sabha.

Later, a meeting was held between union leaders and panchayat officials. The officials asked the people to release the land and submit applications for the plots. However, Dalit leaders refused to give up the possession of land.

Jagjeet Singh Jasseana, press secretary, Dehati Majdoor Sabha, said, “The government promised plots to homeless Dalits. In the notification, the government has instructed the district authorities to provide plots to Dalits but nothing has been done so far. We have captured the panchayat land in theses villages. We will intensify our struggle if we don’t get plots soon.”

Meanwhile, district development and panchayat officer (DDPO) Arun Jindal, said, “The work for allotment of plots has been started. Panchayats of Maur, Chak Madrassa and Balmagrash villages have passed resolutions to give plots to Dalit families. We have received 84 applications in Maur, 141 in Chak Madrassa and 155 in Balamgarh. The plots will be allotted to the eligible beneficiaries soon.”

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 20:46 IST