Police ‘lathicharge’ protesting farmers at Gobindpura

A Section of farmers,including women,were allegedly lathicharged by the police in Gobindpura on Sunday after they tried to stop the construction of a boundary wall around a piece of land for the Indiabulls power plant project.

Written by Express News Service | Patiala | Published:October 10, 2011 3:27 am

A Section of farmers,including women,were allegedly lathicharged by the police in Gobindpura on Sunday after they tried to stop the construction of a boundary wall around a piece of land for the Indiabulls power plant project.

According to local Gurmail Singh,that police chased the farmers and beat them with canes,leaving five women,two children and three men injured. The farmers and their family were heading towards the fields — which were being levelled with tractors by employees of Indiabulls’ Poena Power — when the police stopped them.

“Accompanied by the police,men from the Indiabulls were trying to level the fields,raze the field boundaries and construct boundary wall around the piece of land,” he added.

Mansa SSP Surinderpal Singh Parmar,however,denied the charges. “Nearly 20 men and as many women were trying to head towards the fields,where work was on to construct the boundary wall. There was no question of using force and resorting to lathicharge against them. Cops only stopped them from going ahead,” Parmar said.

“Moreover,the land in question pertains to nearly 600 acres of the first notification and there is no dispute over it. Even then a section of farmers tried to oppose the construction of boundary wall there,” he added.

A protestor,Gurlal Singh,however,claimed that he was among the farmers who had not accepted compensation cheques against the land acquired in first notification. Owners of nearly 45 acres had not accepted the cheques,he claimed.

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