NH-1 blocked, cops try to 'demolish' gurdwara
Tension over railway track proposed on Jeonpura village land to cater to Rajpura thermal plant turned volatile on Friday morning when police allegedly tried to demolish a newly-built gurdwaraUpdated: Apr 14, 2012 15:24 IST
Tension over railway track proposed on Jeonpura village land to cater to Rajpura thermal plant turned volatile on Friday morning when police allegedly tried to demolish a newly-built gurdwara erected on land set to be acquired and took away 'Nishan Sahib' and holy Guru Granth Sahib. Agitated villagers blocked National Highway-1 for nearly three hours, affecting traffic movement on the busy Amritsar-Delhi road.
The gurdwara was erected by villagers around two-and-a-half months ago and tension erupted when villagers tried to construct a boundary wall of the holy place. Administration stopped them from doing so, claiming they can't build anything on the land.
On Friday, on the occasion of Baisakhi, the villagers had planned a big gathering to oppose the land acquisition move of the government.
The villagers alleged that the 'Bir' and 'Nishan Sahib' were not accorded due respect during police action and that police and the district administration officials prevented them from performing 'bhog' of 'akhand path' on Baisakhi.
The district administration had brought 'granthis' from Fatehgarh Sahib Gurdwara to move 'Nishan Sahib' and the 'Bir'. Labourers of PWD and other departments were brought in to demolish the gurdwara structure.
However, when the villagers led by local Congress MLA Kuljeet Nagra blocked the NH, the administration stopped the demolition after several round of parleys with the agitators.
Nagra said he failed to understand why the locals were not allowed to perform the bhog. "It's startling to see that the administration is protecting the land for a private company, which is yet to be acquired and for which no notification has been issued till date. It's a Nadirshahi rule of the SAD-BJP in which even religious rights of the common man are not safe," he alleged.
Meanwhile, the situation was saved when villagers received a message from officials that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had invited them for talks on April 16 over the land acquisition.
Fatehgarh Sahib DC Yashbir Mahajan said the situation was under control. "The aggrieved parties have been called for a meeting by the CM. By that time keeping in view the tension, few security personnel would guard the village," he said.
First Published: Apr 13, 2012 21:10 IST