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Sarpanch of Bawana village accused of forcible eviction

A panchayat was held in the village on Monday evening where it was decided that the villagers will for the medical examination of those who allege that they were beaten up.

The Haryana Police on Monday registered a case against Rati Ram, outgoing sarpanch of Bawana village, and several others following a complaint from some members of the scheduled caste community alleging that they were forced out from the village they had been living for several years.

As per the complainants who belong to the Sapera community, they were asked to vacate their houses. They also alleged that they were forcibly removed from the site. The families have shifted to temporary houses on the outskirts of Mahendragarh.

Police have registered a case under Sections 147, 149, 323, 379 and 427 of the IPC and Section 3 of SC/ST Act against the outgoing sarpanch who also belongs to the community and around 15 other persons from the village.

A panchayat was held in the village on Monday evening where it was decided that the villagers will for the medical examination of those who allege that they were beaten up.

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“When the members of the Sapera community started construction on panchayat land, the former sarpanch moved the court against this in 2006. They lost the case and appealed to the DC. They lost there as well,” Rati ram said

He adds that the complainants were not forcibly vacated. “They were asked to vacate the land, which they did. Now some outsiders are raking up the issue,” he said.